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Posted By: Matt Meadows  |  20 Apr 2014   |  10:15 am GMT  |  487 comments

Lewis Hamilton has completed the first hat-trick of race victories in his Formula One career, driving untroubled to head a Mercedes one-two at the Chinese Grand Prix and closing in on Nico Rosberg’s Championship lead, whilst Fernando Alonso completed the podium.

In a bizarre footnote, due to a chequered flag marshalling error, the race rest was declared officially after 54 of the 56 laps.

The 25th win of Hamilton’s career sees him join Mercedes team boss, Niki Lauda and two-time World Champion Briton Jim Clark at eighth in all-time Grand Prix victories.

Nico Rosberg still leads the championship, but his lead is down to just four points after the four long haul fly-away races.

The other main talking point of the race was Sebastian Vettel’s refusal to obey a team order from Red Bull management to let his team mate Daniel Ricciardo through. Unlike Bahrain, where the Australian was on the faster tyre compound, here they were on a similar plan, albeit Vettel’s tyres were four laps older. Ricciardo was simply faster and after Vettel had said it was “Tough Luck” on Ricciardo as he had no intention of moving over, the Australian passed him anyway, Vettel and the team saying that the German yielded the place to his team mate eventually. Ricciardo said he wasn’t sure whether he was being given the place or not, but had more speed.


Unlike Bahrain, this weekend’s race in Shanghai was dominated from qualifying to finish line by Hamilton. A perfect start from pole, as the cars behind battled and came together saw him establish a three second lead in as many laps, increasing that to ten seconds before the first set of pit stops and eventually taking victory by 19 seconds. This came despite a difficult practice day on Friday when Hamilton appeared very unhappy with the car’s handling.

“I was racing myself,” said Hamilton on the podium.

“After Practice 2 I had to make a lot of changes to the car in anticipation of today,” said Hamilton. “I was able to look after the tyres. I went quite a lot longer than I’d planned. I’m really happy.

“This team is on a roll. We are going to keep pushing and keep moving forwards, developing the engine and the car. I hope it continues.”

On the subject of equalling Lauda and Clark today he said, ” I come from Stevenage and my Dad and my family did so much to get me here. Now I’m with the greats; I hope my Dad is proud and my family is proud.”

Behind, though, was a race of attrition that initially looked to see a split between two and three stops. However, with the medium tyre offering a life-span of around twenty laps much of the field was able to complete the race in two stops.

From the start, a trio of quick starts from Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa saw a bottleneck in to the long first corner, with last year’s Ferrari team-mates having a heavy clash of wheels and lucky to escape any damage.

With Nico Rosberg making a slow start, the German was in amongst the pack as the long left-hander approached 380 metres after the start line. As the Alonso/Massa tangle happened in front, there was a similar incident between Valtteri Bottas and Rosberg with remarkably no damage between the four drivers. Rosberg dropped to sixth at the end of Lap 1.

The first set of pit-stops – where most runners went to the medium compound tyres – turned the race on its head, as the early stopping Alonso, then in third position, was able to take second place from Vettel with a strategy undercut; the German pitted a lap later. Behind, Ricciardo and Rosberg opted to stay out later, with Rosberg’s stop a lap later resulting in a 8.6s gap to the cars ahead.

Ricciardo, meanwhile, looked to stretch out his first stint and allow for a two-stop race, pitting four laps after Alonso.

Hamilton, too, managed a long first stint, running until the eighteenth lap, seven longer than Alonso, before the switch to the medium tyre. He returned to the circuit with a decreased but still substantial lead of four seconds and from there re-established a ten second lead in nine laps.

The action, though, came from behind as Vettel dropped back from Alonso and in to the clutches of the quickly approaching Rosberg. From over eight seconds behind, Rosberg caught his compatriot at a second a lap, before using the DRS-zone to make a late move up the inside at the hairpin penultimate corner.

Vettel’s poor stint on the medium tyres was then compounded as Ricciardo approached. The ‘team leader’ was then told, for the second time in as many races, to “let Daniel through.” However, unlike Bahrain where Vettel moved swiftly to the outside of the track, he questioned Ricciardo’s strategy and upon learning they were both on the medium tyre, Vettel responded: “Tough luck.”

A lap later and Ricciardo made the move in to turn one, Vettel apparently succumbing to the managements orders.

Ahead, Rosberg had now set about catching Alonso for third place and after closing to within half a second, the Spaniard pitted for his second and final stop. With Rosberg following suit four laps later, the Ferrari had made use of its new tyres and opened a four second lead to the Mercedes.

But that buffer was quickly diminished as Rosberg set about taking two seconds on the race’s previous fastest lap and cruising past Alonso on the long run down to the penultimate corner.

From there the third Mercedes one-two of the season was untroubled, only that of Rosberg’s Championship lead was. The gap between the two is now four points – still in favour of Rosberg – but Hamilton’s form is ominous.

As the Formula One paddock enters the European leg of the season, Mercedes hold a 97 point lead over Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship. Red Bull boss Christian Horner said after the race that they would push hard to close the gap, but admitted that they cannot allow the Mercedes to gain much more ground or it will be too late to rescue the championship.

With Ricciardo closing on Alonso but unable to trouble him, the Ferrari driver earned his best result of the season, pleasing Luce Di Montezemolo and Marco Mattiaci.

The Red Bull battle was therefore won by Ricciardo, heading Vettel home by 24 seconds and dealing another hammer blow to his four-time World Champion team-mate, who admitted that he wasn’t fast enough today.

“There was no point holding him back further. He was quite a lot quicker,” said Vettel. “At that stage we were on different strategies and once I was told that I decided to let him go and anyway I could not hold him back any more.”

Nico Hulkenberg drove a quiet race to another impressive sixth place, battling until the last lap with Bottas for Williams. The Grove squad had looked set for a Sunday afternoon with more fortune as Massa made a strong start to sit sixth in the opening stint, only for a slow pit-stop, caused first by a lack of rear tyres at the ready and then with a sticking rear-left tyre caused by the collision with Alonso on the opening lap.

The Brazilian lost thirty seconds and from there could only manage fifteenth place.

Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, Race, 56 Laps

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h36m52.810s
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +18.686s
3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +25.765s
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +26.978s
5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +51.012s
6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India +57.581s
7. Valtteri Bottas Williams +58.145s
8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1m23.990s
9. Sergio Perez Force India +1m26.489s
10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso +1 lap
11. Jenson Button McLaren +1 lap
12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso +1 lap
13. Kevin Magnussen McLaren +1 lap
14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus +1 lap
15. Felipe Massa Williams +1 lap
16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber +1 lap
17. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham +1 lap
18. Jules Bianchi Marussia +1 lap
19. Max Chilton Marussia +2 laps
20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham +2 laps

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  1. Brian Bell says:

    Seb – Kobayashi is faster than you. Sorry mate….. lol

    1. Wayne says:

      Seb’s call was the right one in my opinion. There I said Seb did something right!! In the last race he showed massive maturity and humility by obeying his team. In this race he was on the same tyre as his team mate and had every right to race him in my opinion. Maturity shown on both occasions for me. This year could be great for Seb, a humbling year (much like those HAM suffered) should do him the world of good both in terms of his own development as a driver and his image with fans.

      I still utterly refuse to believe that VET is as good as ALO and HAM, but he could be after this year!

      1. Limelee says:

        I agree, Red Bull need to let the drivers race, if Daniel has an advantage he should be fine to pass anyway! Seb needs to up the aggression out on track, he looks like he couldn’t care less at the moment, until he’s firing on all cylinders, I’m going to reserve judgement on Daniels performances.

    2. Bryce says:

      Did anyone else find It odd that the guy (VET) that was supposedly on a three stopper at the time, was slower than his teammate on a two stop strategy? Surely he should have been quicker and burning up his extra set of rubber as he would lose another twenty odd seconds with the additional stop if that was the case.

      Not many doubters of RIC out there now.

      1. Blackmamba says:

        He was passed fair and square by Ricciardo and al this ‘ I let him through’ is just trying to save face. Never has a multi world champion been so overrated!

      2. Carl Craven says:

        I am not a fan of Vettel exactly but let’s be fair, how many drivers have four titles and how many won four in a row.

        Lewis for the first time in his career just won 3 RACES in a row. He looks set to win the title this year, but Lewis has had his ordinary moments too.

        I get the feeling that Vettel is suffering a little from having had a great car for too long.

        Webber was no slouch and he rarely even finished 2nd to Vettel in races or title races.

      3. Must be that the good words following the last race which made it appear as if maturity was taking hold (‘if he’s faster I’ll have to accept it’) came from the publicist and not the driver in question. the ‘tough luck’ comment and then trying to save face only confirms how disingenuous the personality is.

      4. Edison says:

        Sorry Blackmamba, but Vettel is not overrated driver. The guy has phenomenal skills and he has nothing to prove despite a poor start this year. I think if Lewis keep his focus in just racing, for sure he will be 2014 champion because the package fits together for obvious reasons and I hope so. Go Lewis.

      5. Rem says:

        I’m of the same opinion, Vets a very good driver whos had the fastest car for the past 4 years. I can’t remember what year it was but Hamiltons car failed at least 5 times a few years ago in one season I think his team mate Buttons car failed at most tice in the same year. But for the first race of this seasons failure to finish, we’d be looking at Hamilton winning every race this season with Rosberg being 28 points behind. I feel for the rest of the f1 drivers as we now have the fastet driver in the fastet car. Look at the race craft Ham showed Rosberg in Barhain even though Rosbergs car was running faster.

      6. justafan says:

        Vet was on a two stopper as well, though. That’s why he didn’t burn the rubber.

  2. AlexD says:

    Some key facts:
    1. Race was very boring, we even talked with my brother that after the first 3 laps we could easily go to sleep
    2. Happy that Alonso was 3rd
    3. Strange to see team orders at Red Bull still….I enjoy watching Ricciardo doing a very good job, but touh luck, Vettel had a better start
    4. What else was there today?

    Total domination of Merc as expected. Rosberg for some reason doesn’t want to undersnad that he was gifted a victory by Hamilton’s DNF.

    Alonso is really wasting his time here, but then again….where to go?

    I know that people explain the the new F1 is good, helps the environment, but can you really like this sound? Man….it is so not F1.

    There was nothing else to show or comment except for how good some teams and drivers are at saving fuel. Well……honestly….think about it.

    1. Leah says:

      About the boring race, completely agree, on tv at least a total snooze fest.

      1. Pete says:

        I was at the bar, and fell asleep for 20 minutes!

      2. Steve Zodiac says:

        Said this before the season started,”Sorry Lewis you haven’t won the world championship, you used too much fuel. Ladies and Gentlemen- the 2014 world champion- Max Chilton-the most environmentaly friendly driver!”

    2. R says:

      This race was dull. Questioning why I watch the races when I prefer to read this site so much more.
      1. Give hamilton the dam title already. talk about forgone conclusion.
      2. Alonso is easy to like.
      3. It is hardly a talking point (red bull politics), just a boring race. Vettel is a champion.
      4.Why do Mclaren even bother any more? lessons on how to ruin a legacy.

      Agree fully on the sound. It is rubbish.

      1. BoogWar says:

        I don’t watch anymore, I just come here when its done. Heard I missed a hell of a race two weeks ago. Pity. I’ll watch the highlights. What F1 seems to need ala NASCAR is a guy like Maldonaldo to punt some back marker into the stratosphere 20 laps before the end and bring out the safety car LOL. Kinda bunch the field back up and set all strategies on a tear. That’ll prevent people going to sleep at three am! My wife thinks it sounds like her Hoover LOL how can someone pay to listen to such a tuneless sound as that? As much as I love Lewis and as much as he’s got the best chance to get another WDC this year the direction of F1 has fizzled in my opinion. If it wasn’t for this site I wouldn’t know what is going on. Thanks James.

      2. Rich C says:

        ditto

        Although I enjoy the ‘engineering competition’ of F1 it’s not worth getting/staying up in the middle of the night to watch any more.

      3. aezy_doc says:

        I don’t understand. You have no interest in watching boring races but like to read about boring races. That’s weird. I wish all the nay sayers would disappear and let those of us who like the sport enjoy it.

      4. Alex says:

        1. Hamilton definitely would deserve to win his 2nd championship, but Rosberg is not out of the fight yet, though he needs to improve, otherwise Lewis will be cruising to championship

        2.Never liked Alonso and never will, but respect him as one of the best drivers out there.

        3.Well in such boring race, the only highlight was Red Bull politics

        4.Mclaren’s new era wont start until next season when they change to Honda engines….but surely expected more from them after the first race, but it seems they are just going downhill.

      5. Frique says:

        Alex. You do realise that the engine is not McLaren’s weakness right? You do also realise they have the best engine, but are the slowest of all the teams that have a Mercedes engine?

        What McLaren do best is PR!

        Ah mean you still believe their rubbish excuses that they keep spewing every week. Ron promised 1/2 second upgrade; something never seen in F1 (most teams don’t even get that in a season) but no journalist question him.

        I have said this since Lewis left. If you don’t have a driver with the qualifying speed you have to have a superior machine.

        At the moment they have neither!

        McLaren has shown over the years that they rarely produce the BEST car. So they need an epic qualifier. In allowing politics to trump common sense they are reaping the benefits of allowing that “epic” qualifier to leave.

        Where’s the title sponsor now?

        The irony is the sponsors do not wish to pay enough for that title (according to Ron), but the man who won them their last championship in over ten years was offered less money than his teammate, but his presence would have brought the kind of top dollar sponsorship you crave.

        You couldn’t write it if you tried. I see no way but down for them. Sorry Kevin:-(

    3. Wayne says:

      Ok, 1 is not a fact (let alone a ‘key fact’) it’s your opinion. My opinion is that no F1 race is boring, there’s always plenty going on to watch and analyse and talk about. It might not have been as entertaining as last time out but that does not make this race boring.

      I do agree with your take on ROS, I’m amazed that no-one is talking about what the score would be had HAM not retired in the first race through no fault of his own. Take 25 points from ROS to even up the opportunity to score and that would be a more accurate reflection of their performances this season.

      1. AlexD says:

        I think it just shows that Rosberg is a cheap guy…he should just acknowledge and say to the public that Ham is doing a better job and the reason why Rosberg is leading is because he was very unfortunate. Rosberg should raise about it

      2. justafan says:

        You mean he should do a Vettel and accept that his team mate is faster?

      3. super seven says:

        Given Lewis’results so far, I think deleting 32 points from Nico would reflect the retirement adjusted score more accurately.

        Lewis probably would have won in Melbourne too, which would have given him 25 more points and reduced Nico’s first race points tally to 18.

      4. Mike from Colombia says:

        Don’t say that…you’ll upset the journos…most who have been looking very sheepish after their pre-season anti-Hamilton pyschological onslaught.

      5. Limelee says:

        Good shout, there’s no boring races! It’s fascinating to see how things develop over the weekend. Nico, clearly rattled from Bahrain, loses it in qualifying and starts from the dirty side of the grid and behind a Red Bull. This puts him in the pack in the first corner and it took him 40 something laps to make up for his mistakes. The car advantage merc have clearly benefits the driver that makes the most errors because it doesn’t cost them as much. In a tighter race, Nico could easily have been battling it out with Vettel and Hulkenburg for 5th place. Alonso putting together a result by sheer force of will because that Ferrari is not the 2nd best car by any stretch. Daniel and Red Bull making things difficult for themselves because he has spent the last 3 races finishing behind cars which he was quicker than, and not matching his qualy position in race trim. McLaren becoming increasingly blighted by ‘warm up issues’… A feature of Jenson’s whole career really that when he leads development, the car doesn’t work too well.

        There’s a million things going on in F1 and not all of it requires balls out racing to be interesting!

      6. Mike Martin says:

        +1 Spot on

        “A feature of Jenson’s whole career really that when he leads development, the car doesn’t work too well.”

        You hit a home run there!Brilliant comment.

    4. fox says:

      Agree with you. I did switch off after first pit stops. Happy for Alonso on podium. Happy exposure of Vettel continues. Unhappy with Merc domination. Don’t want season 1992.

      1. j says:

        Or season 2004?

      2. Rich B says:

        or 2002, 2004, 2011, 2013

      3. Kay says:

        At least it’s two drivers from Merc other than a single driver in Vettel from RBR doing it this year.

    5. Phenom says:

      Completely agree on Rosberg’s inability to acknowledge the obvious that he has not earned his championship lead on merit. He come across unsportsmanlikepost-race as opposed to even arguably the most arrogant characters on the grid Alonso and Vettel who still acknowledge when they have under performed to some degree.

      How his Merc survived that shunt with Bottas I do not know, I have a horrible feeling he will win this years championship by luck somehow.

      1. AlexD says:

        Fully agree with you. Rosberg should just say…guys, I am leading but only because Lewis was unfortunate and not because I did a better job. This is what strong people would say

      2. J.Danek says:

        lolz.

        comment of the weekend. bravo.

    6. Jean-Christophe says:

      I hated the man when he was FIA president but I have to agree with Max Mosley here. This ongoing sound criticism is complete nonsense. With all the technology involved, the great achievements in terms of fuel savings, engine power and reliability (only 5 engines per drivers for the entire season) at the beginning a new era, people are talking about noise? Time has changed, things evolve. This is a new formula and I for one like it.

    7. k5enny says:

      Just watched the “race”,
      and i am trying to convince myself that
      any of these completed more than 1 lap:
      Raikkonen,
      Force Indias,
      Saubers,
      Mclarens,
      Lotus,
      Williams

      At least Kobayashi got his team a mention!!

      Very difficult to call that a race!!

      Anyone see BTCC ??

    8. mitchw says:

      Bernie needs to give Pastor a good talking to about spicing up the show.

    9. justafan says:

      The sound is not the biggest problem. The boring racing certainly is, though.

      1. TimW says:

        Lets all remember those exhillerating dry chinese grand prix of the past…..errr…..

    10. Tornillo Amarillo says:

      I agree 100%, and yes it’s “Formula Boredom”, but I’M NOT COMPLAINING!

      GO HAM!!!

    11. Mhilgtx says:

      I stayed up to watch the race. Lights out was 2:30 am for me.

      I was in bed by 3:15.

      Another snooze fest dominated by a car that even pastor Maldonado could have got a podium with.

      Alomso will do well again in Spain and then fade back to his rightful place. I can’t get too excited about a result after last years early domination on severe front limited tracks.

      Great drive by Ricciardo!

      Well played by Seb I understand him not wanting to give in to team orders but in the end he did the right thing.

      1. Aljo says:

        What time zone are you in?
        Race started on the hour in most parts of the world.

      2. ferggsa says:

        probably Venezuela, they are half hour ahead/behind nieghbours

      3. KRB says:

        Has to be Venezuela, as they’re the only ones that are UTC -4:30.

    12. AlexD says:

      I just figured out how to fix the sound problem. Drivers should eat beans 2 days before the race and FIA should install microphones in drivers seats…. I think the sound will be better then what we have now

      1. Kay says:

        Now that’s not very environmentally friendly, is it?

    13. Rot Racing says:

      For Lewis fans, it’s exciting. His car and luck tends to let go, so until he crosses the finish line, no rest. Too bad for others, find your own positives.

      1. J.Danek says:

        +1!!

        I’m DELIGHTED to see Hamilton finally enjoying the dominance that by rights should’ve been his after 2007-2008.

  3. bmg says:

    James, how much time did Ricciardo lose behind Vettel?
    Would this have cost him a podium?

    1. James Allen says:

      No, would have been tight, but I think he would have struggled to pass Alonso at the end on straight line speed etc.

      1. JT says:

        James you are probably right, but would you agree Vettel cost him any chance at all (however slim)?

      2. James Allen says:

        I’d have to analyse it

        Which I will..

      3. jotorrent says:

        Given that the race was shortened by 2 laps due to chequered flag being waved too early, it looks unlikely anyway.

        On the other hand, people criticise Ferrari because it gives team orders knowing Alonso is their only chance of winning the title.

        Now, people criticise Vettel for not obeying team orders while it seems very unlikely Ricciardo has any chance of winning the title.

      4. mixmeister73 says:

        2 laps would certainly help if nothing he would be on his tail and with Alonso’s older tire’s who knows Dani might have grabbed the spot…

      5. Wayne says:

        Hang on a minute, RIC was behind VET fair and square. I don’t subscribe to the idea that VET cost RIC anything at all. They were on the same track on the same tyres and it was down to RIC to pass his team mate (and no I am definitely not a VET fan-boy or apologist).

      6. AlexD says:

        Wayne, I fully agree with you. Why nobody is saying that Ricciardo lost his chance due to his poor start? Give a break people, blame his own start, not Vettel

      7. Sue says:

        Let’s not forget Dan caused the issue by messing up his start. He’s hugely impressive so far so let’s not blame his failure to get third entirely on Vettel.

      8. Mhilgtx says:

        Ricciardo’s poor start was due oil on his grid spot. Horner said the FIA tried to clean it up but it looked like the didn’t get it all.

        Wayne you are very correct.

      9. Limelee says:

        @alexd & Sue. Today the clean side if the grid was worth about 20 – 30 metres by the looks of things. Any race where 1st, 3rd and 5th enter the first corner as the top 3 you know the clean side is very important. Makes Massas start all that more impressive!

      10. KRB says:

        Who was it that waved the chequered a lap early?!? Was it a Chinese celebrity, or an actual FIA official? Either way, total amateur hour and not acceptable at this level. Imagine if it had actually affected the race results?!

      11. Kay says:

        Imagine the uproar had Dan passed Alonso on the final lap, but then the race was shortened by two laps.

    2. AlexD says:

      To be honest, what did cost him a shot at a podium was his start. If he could stick to his 2nd place, he would have a better chance. So even though I do not like Vettel, I do not tihink he should let Riacciardo go past him. Race is a race. Ricciardo needs to work on his start next time.

      1. bmg says:

        But he disobeyed Team orders, Vettel has been the beneficiary of the same such orders so he needs to except team rules.

      2. AlexD says:

        There should be no team orders. Ricciardo should start better

      3. Alec Tronnick says:

        Possibly… But I think the order was given a lap or two too soon, they should have waited til RIC was right on Seb’s tail.
        And AlexD is right… RIC stuffed up his start and that effected his race more than Vettel did.

      4. Sue says:

        He said he obeyed them once he knew the situation, which is fair enough IMO. Whether the team lied to him or not about the stops situation to get him out of the way is another issue, which would be done to death had it been Webber…..

      5. justafan says:

        Why are you guys crying for team orders all the time? Don’t you think good results should be gained and not gifted?

      6. bmg says:

        I except his start was not great, however laps 21, 22 and 23 he lapped over a 1 second per lap better than Vettel. When he passed Vettel he extended his lead by 3 seconds by lap 30.

    3. Luke says:

      Pretty sure Dan made a little mistake on previous lap when he rapidly closed in on SV. He was within a second and while with onboard camera, you could here the car bog down badly in a slow corner. Don’t know if they can miss a gear these days, but there was definitely a hiccup. He came out of the corner more than 1.5 sec behind SV. So don’t think SV cost him anything, and IMO SV didn’t give him the position. SV made a mistake into Turn 1.

    4. Rishi says:

      I don’t think it did personally. Firstly, the start was crucial; if he’d stayed ahead of Alonso at the start then he’d have probably finished ahead of him but as it was he fell behind and was therefore always facing an uphill task. Secondly, the gap at the end looked artificially small because Alonso eased off in the final two laps (gap shrunk from 3.5s to 1.2s). Now maybe Alonso was reaching ‘the cliff’ at this point but I think he’d have had a bit in reserve if he’d needed it.

      1. bmg says:

        If he was pushed in the last few laps with tyres on the limit, you just don’t know what could happen.

  4. Anil Parmar says:

    That wasn’t the most entertaining race but I enjoyed it..certainly a lot of little things to take in.

    Firstly, Nico still leading the title and he did well today given his issues, but I wonder how strong he is mentally. He knows he needs to beat Lewis when they both finish and I look forward to seeing him fight back.

    Secondly, Alonso completely destroyed Kimi this weekend and I’m surprised by how big the gap is. Alonso just seems so adaptable and it was great to see Ferrari comeback with a podium, but still, Kimi needs to step up.

    Secondly, Vettel vs Ricciardo…loved it. So surprised to see Daniel so much faster and better with the tyres. And the caterham going past Vettel is already a season highlight, just for that epic team radio.

    Oh. And GET IN Kamui! Great move right at the end.

    1. the_rh1no says:

      I agree not the most exciting, bahrain was always going to be a little hard to follow! Nico definitely did do well and the Kobayashi and Vettel moment was quite funny.

      Daniel has definitely gone up in my estimate. It appears vettel is really struggling to get the max out of the car now it is missing the blown diffuser. He appeared to be the blown diffuser master.

    2. KRB says:

      I can’t believe no one sustained any damage at the start. I’ve seen contact like Bottas’ on Rosberg easily break a front suspension.

      Hard to believe it’s taken this long for Lewis to win 3 races on the bounce. Just goes to show what I’ve always said, that he never had the benefit of the outright best car (before this season, of course!).

      Were there any hugs between Lewis and Nico after the race? I didn’t see any … looked pretty cold between them.

      Anyone else see the 3 Union Jack’s on the monitors as they started the anthems? It quickly changed to the correct flags, and I see they’ve made them ‘ripple’ in the virtual wind now.

      Both McLarens lapped? Oh boy, Ron cannot be happy.

      The race wasn’t a classic, but I’m glad with the result. Hopefully the Reds can do the job and win at Norwich. Just as I write this Sterling’s just put in a beauty. A win for LFC, and I can do the tax returns with a smile. :-)

      1. Blackmamba says:

        Oh, you support liverpool too. After years of Lewis and liverpool toiling now they are delivering the great performances I was always sure they were capable of . Now wether they win the championship is another matter but all I care for is maximum effort and Lewis is looking on it every race weekend so far. To top it off the intra team battles are bubbling up nicely; Vettel vs Ricciardo, Alonso vs Raikkonen, Rosberg vs Hamilton and Hulkenberg vs Perez. And some people on this forum have the cheek to say this season is boring. The only person I feel sorry for is Grosjean coz I think he should be among these other guys fighting it out.

      2. KRB says:

        Yes, LFC supporter since before their last top-flight league title. Seeing as the teams I cheer for have met with little success (*cough*, Maple Leafs *cough*), it’s been infrequent highs in between a usual diet of lows. Now LFC could still conspire to throw this away (e.g. lose to Chelsea next week, then to Man City on GD), but it’s in their hands and you can’t ask for more than that. Gerrard w/o a league title to his name would, to me, be an affront against natural law. Just as it would’ve been had Shearer not won with Blackburn.

        It has been pleasing the way they’ve gone about it too … really great attacking football. Hard to believe that Owen never scored 20+ in the league, in any season. Now they have two this season! Hope Suarez breaks the 38-game season record.

      3. Sebee says:

        KRB,

        Don’t forget to file for JAonF1 – Canadian Chapter. I’m sending you all my F1 related expenses. Remember, JAonF1 – Canadian Chapter is a charity, be sure 95% of donations is properly allocated to our salaries and administrative costs.

      4. KRB says:

        Indeed … I was treasurer, right? I mean, I am the treasurer.

        Sebee, I’m blaming you for that crazy and insanely miserable winter that we’ve just suffered through!!! ;-)

        It was relentless!

      5. Rem says:

        Hamilton needs a fast reliable car and he@ll dominate all the other drivers.

      6. Kay says:

        After the Bahrain Pastor moment, teams probably bad no choice but to stiffen up their cars to avoid the likely accidents from Pastor.

    3. sami says:

      It was Ferrari who destroyed Kimi this weekend. Do you really believe that the gap between Kimi and Fernando is what it is because Fernando is that much better driver?

      1. AlexD says:

        So how did FerrRi destroyed Kimis race?

      2. sami says:

        By giving him an undriveable car ;) Seriously speaking, I wrote that comment before I read Kimi’s comments about his driving style and must admit that my previous comment isn’t valid anymore.

      3. Jean-Christophe says:

        Well, he said his driving style was to blame

      4. Anil Parmar says:

        Kimi has said he is struggling with car. He has a narrower operating window than Alonso and it will take time for him to get adjusted. That said he did have some fuel issues today apparently.

      5. Carbonated says:

        He isn’t a rookie, he should be able to adapt to the car quicker than he has. He was approx 1 minute behind Alonso at the finish!

      6. justafan says:

        I think Kimi is struggling with the new rules. Vettel too it seams.

      7. Mhilgtx says:

        Taking any Will Buxton reporting with a grain of salt there was some discussion that Kimi’s cornering style was not charging the batteries completely. Not sure hi this is true or even possible.

      8. Alex says:

        Well It wasnt just one thing this weekend.

        First of all Kimi lost the first practice session entirely because something was broken with his car, then he could catch up the lost time when 3rd practice session was turd, thanks to the weather.

        Then like Kimi said it’s been hard for him to get the tyres warm in certain conditions like they were in China…if its cold or wet Kimi seems to be always in trouble.

        Anyways If anyone truly thinks that this is the gab between Alonso and Kimi, they are in for reality check in Barcelona…unless its cold and wet there too. This weekend Alonso did as good job as he could with that car while for Kimi it all went to hell from the very beginning. Partly because of his driving style, partly because of the technical diffculties with his car.

    4. Marybeth says:

      How is this for a conspiracy theory: FA was the last person in Kimi’s car at Bahrain practice. Now the car is all messed up. It would not even run in the first practice. Odd, isn’t it…? Does Ferrari not know FA’s history…? What was FA doing testing in Kimi’s car…? Why did Ferrari allow this…? What was Domenicali thinking of…?

      1. NickH says:

        Funny no mention that Alonso actually hit Massa at the start, as he carried on going right when Massa was alongside. Alonso seems to have the attitude at the start ‘I’m coming through get out of the way or we’ll have an accident’

      2. Kay says:

        Senna-like mindset.

    5. Arshad a Altaf says:

      Agree, what is happening with Kimi. Wonder whether he will be able to keep with Alonso’s pace.

    6. KRB says:

      It was a good move by Kobayashi … a shame that it won’t count now that they’ve reduced the race to 54 laps.

  5. Grant H says:

    Well done Lewis eeeaaaassssyyy!!!

    Where are Macca again, Drivers appear to be complaining about lack of downforce, The rear end of the car differs significantly to the rest of the grid with the suspension – perhaps this is actually hurting them

    1. the_rh1no says:

      I know they haven’t had the best few years, but considering their result in Australia, I have been really surprised by McLaren’s lack of pace. It’s kind of sad.

    2. Quade says:

      Lewis won, but Vettel is still the GREATEST F1 driver ever. He will bounce back.

      1. kenneth chapman says:

        dreams, nothing but dreams.

      2. Sebee says:

        Finally, you’re coming around to reality.

      3. Quade says:

        Brother, you actually mean I’ve finally come round to the art of sarcasm.

      4. Goob says:

        LOL… Vettel’s true pace and skills are on display now… he, along with Marko, are the villans of F1.

        Good for a laugh, but have nothing in the racing department.

        I no longer drink Red Bull, thanks to Vettel.

      5. Lambert says:

        Vettel was overtaken by a Caterham, a team that has scored 0 points in the entirity of their F1 career. Your argument is so invalid…

      6. Mhilgtx says:

        Then why was Kobi getting a blue flag at the time. I guess I need to go watch the timing and scoring app.

      7. Wayne says:

        errr, no, he is definitely not the greatest driver ever. Were I a VET fan I would actually be excited about the impact this year could have on him. A bit of fire and suffering to season him and forge him into a truly great racing driver.

      8. Torchwood Five says:

        Forgotten about Michael Schumacher already, have you?

        One of the things that cemented him as the best for me, was that after consecutive titles, the FIA were changing rules and regulations to stymie him on an annual basis, but several times, Schumacher overcame them.

        This year, with Vettel’s first significant rule change to stop Red Bull’s dominance, your GREATEST F1 driver appears to be toast.

        If he wants to keep the GREATEST title long term, he should be trying to cope with the new changes with a bit more aplomb; less of the hissy fits.

        That said, I can’t actually recall Michael’s moods from race to race, so maybe Vettel is on the right road.

        Still seven time champion beats four time champion, in my book.

      9. justafan says:

        Agreed. Vettel has a long road to march before he can be placed on Michael’s level.

      10. fox says:

        Ha ha ha. Vettel even not greatest with earnings.
        May be in new Ferrari he may shine again with contract of 1st pilot with authority to slow down 2nd pilot, but it’s questined.

      11. justafan says:

        Greatest earnings doesn’t automatically mean best driver ever. From what I heard Kimi holds the all-time earnings record, yet would anyone place him on the Schumacher level?

      12. Mocho_Pikuain says:

        Is this irony or you really think that way?

      13. Jack78 says:

        This years battle between Seb and Daniel is a lot like last years battle between Daniel and Jean-Eric. Makes you wonder whether Jean-Eric could be a 4 time WDC.

      14. Ash says:

        The greats of F1 adapted to there environments, machine, team mates, tyres, rules/regs….at present Seb is looking ordinary in all departments….

      15. Kevin Shiel says:

        At least Sebs start was good. Hes a 4x WDC, it does take something more than the car to accomplish that.
        Every time i see english speakers applause LH i wonder what ppl on the german media would say about LH, Seb vs nico. LH get a car like what seb had last yr, which is at least more than 1 sec quicker than the rest, i would be surprised if he didnt achieve what hes done so far. Lewis is no god but just doing his job. A great driver, true champion should alike senna, MS n mika, that won the title not with the quickest car.

      16. Ash says:

        Sorry Kev…

        But in my view Hamilton had the 2nd fastest car in 08 after the Ferrari/Massa and still won the title.

      17. Kay says:

        And think about the superiority of the car Vettel had the past 4 years. Now imagine had Dan been driving it….. really not bad for a no. 2 driver.

      18. David says:

        Vettel’s not even the greatest driver in the Red Bull garage.

      19. NickH says:

        No he isn’t. He has achieved nothing near what Michael did, who went to a team in big trouble and brought them back from the ashes against Newey cars. Championships won in Newey cars are not as impressive as championships in non Newey cars. The only guy that could consistently fight against Newey cars was Michael

      20. Sebee says:

        Quade,

        Your art is still weak. You don’t sense it coming at you yet, only going out. :-)

    3. NickH says:

      Exactly, Mclaren are nowhere. They have the best engine and still can’t get into the points. What going on there? I bet Whitmarsh is having a chuckle watching them struggle mind you… Looking like last year again

      1. Jean-Christophe says:

        Well that dog was built under his management. Further proof that the guy needed to go

      2. Tickety-boo says:

        +1. This year, I suspect is a write off …..again.

      3. fox says:

        recently they claimed Mercedes was within the reach.

      4. Kay says:

        Yes when the Maccas were about to get lapped, can’t get any closer than that.

      5. Bob says:

        Don’t see why he’d be laughing when the car was mostly designed under his leadership.

    4. Sebee says:

      Here you go! Let us not complain F1 brothers and sisters. We’ve had nice 4 years, 2 close WDCs. Some enjoyed it. Some “suffered”.

      We need to come together and raise above the bickering and support our Lewis fans in their moment of joy. They have waited patiently. The machine is here, Lewis is using the tools. You can resist it and have a miserable 2014 or find the positives in it, go with it and enjoy it.

      1. Elie says:

        Its only fitting Lewis is killing it. Over the last 4 years it was only ever Lewis Hamilton that took it to Seb in terms of outright speed.It was only Lewis that matched Fernando in his rookie year (& Kimi won it :) ) and its only Lewis that is now a comfortable 20′sec faster each race than his team mate in the same car

        I hope you watched this race Mr Whitmarsh. For me this is beautiful karma for 2012 when he did everything right and got nothing for it. This is beautiful karma for 2011 when everyone supported his idiotic team mate even opposition through some ridiculous calls ( canada) ) monaco. This is beautiful karma for the anti Lewis brigade when they mocked him for signing to Mercedes- when I was saying he should go there in early 2012.

        Now we just need him to win 10 more in a row .lol maybe not that many.I think Red Bull and Seb will bounce back. I’m pretty certain they will be challenging come November.

      2. Torchwood Five says:

        I have resisted the “+1″s thus far, but what the hell…plus one. :)

      3. Sebee says:

        However, I just want to be clear on one point, at least when Vettel was racking’em up, it sounded like F1. If you didn’t like the visuals, you could still enjoy the sounds. I know…yawn on this point.

        Just think of it this way…many people are falling asleep to the silent humming of Lewis domination. Vettel kept them up with the screaming engine on way to P1 by 20s. :-)

      4. Frique says:

        Amen sister!!!!!!!

        Preach on!!

      5. Elie says:

        @Frique. Brother not sister

      6. Nathan Jones says:

        Now that is a beautiful comment.

        +1 and a half again!

        Ay-men to the dig at the haters and journos who were guffawing into their beer about how Jenson had kicked Lewis out of his own party at McLaren – those parties are notably absent now!

      7. Kay-gee says:

        +1

        I think Button is as solid driver as Webber, Good drivers but don’t have outright pace of A-class drivers like Vet, Alonso and Ham and Kimi. They are suitable teammates to A class drivers.

        Ros and Ric are also A-class driver in training, They are a terrible teammates to A-class drivers.

        Yes Vet and Kimi are still A-class despite problems they are facing right now, Things will get back to normal soon and they will return to their normal thrones. I know Vet hasn’t proven himself yet but the way he won his 2012 Brazilian GP with a car that was not the fastest that year (Mclaren was), Earned him A-class status.

        Ros can as fast as Lewis sometimes, that earns him A-class in training status (still need to be rounded by developing overtaking skills that Alonso, Lewis and Vet has). Button was never close but for some reason, British drivers force him up the ranks, Yes he won a championship because he was competing against grand Pa Barichello.

        Why Kimi you ask? He was the only one challenging Alonso and/or Schumacher during his time at McLaren. Wait until Ferrari sort his car issue. I hope team orders will not stop him from getting back to the top.

      8. Kay-gee says:

        Sorry for grammatical mistakes there, English is my is not my first lingo, Plus it 2 o’clock in the morning. By British drivers I meant to say British F1 fans.

      9. Mike Martin says:

        +1

      10. Elie says:

        @Sebee you might yawn at the track but the bulk of viewers on tv arent really hearing that much of a difference to any other year..Also less people are yawning now because 2 mercedes drivers are driving reliable / equal cars and are permitted to race..and boy are they racing !

        The most amusing thing Im taking out of this year is your name sake being told to “dont hold Daniel up”.. & mock up tweets from Mark Webber- suggesting “tough luck” I cant tell how many jokes Ive received this week about this..Beautiful!

      11. NickH says:

        Well said Sebee :)

  6. jonathan says:

    Much work to do to improve the spectacle of a Formula 1 race

    1. Wayne says:

      …..Seriously? just a few days ago everyone was praising the F1 show and already it’s terrible again. Come on, wake up!

      1. justafan says:

        Last year we had 3 different teams winning after 4 races. Now just one. Certainly not an improvement.

      2. Mhilgtx says:

        I wasn’t I noticed the race for what it was. One dominated by Merc and only close due to a safety car.

      3. jonathan says:

        Sorry, I was asleep as the race….boring

    2. Bryce says:

      They had it with the tyres, but plenty complained, then they hardened the compounds. Reap what you sew.

    3. Anil Parmar says:

      New rules always bring about a large field spread (98, 2005, 2009) which results in some boring races. The field will get closer though and the races will therefore get better.

  7. Richard says:

    “If he faster than me, I have to accept it” – fails to accept that he’s faster than him, oh how I love our current four-time World Champion.

    1. the_rh1no says:

      To be honest, I don’t why Red Bull even bothered with that message. It was reasonably clear Ricciardo was going to get past. All that it has done is create more friction in the team. Let them race like merc did in Bahrain!

      1. AlexD says:

        Agree with you.

      2. Martin says:

        Noting that some of the posted comments are hardly profound thoughts, a team is not able to control everything. From Red Bull’s perspective getting the best possible result from the cars is the aim. As with trying to get a Williams driver ahead of Button in Malaysia, the team would rather a 3rd and 5th than 4th and 5th. If driver A makes a better start but doesn’t have as good a set up as driver B then it can compromise the race. The team is thinking about the constructors championship as that is where the money is. The drivers are contracted employees, but they are who most fans pay attention to.

        In Mercedes’ case, the cars have such an advantage that having the drivers race each other does not stop them getting first and second. The others are not in that situation.

      3. Kay-gee says:

        @ Martin,

        I couldn’t put it better myself.

      4. Martin says:

        When two drivers are in separate race to the others, letting them race is fine as the time lost doesn’t put them in danger of losing spots to other teams. It would have been difficult for Ricciardo to get Alonso, but being held up can remove that chance.

      5. AlexD says:

        Then, he should start better

      6. aveli says:

        how could they have been in separate races? did they not start on the same grid and finish on the same finishing line? were they classified in different categories? your logic may have drifted into your toes mate.

      7. Gaz Boy says:

        RE Aveli: I think when Martin is talking about “a separate race” he means metaphorically speaking.
        A metaphor is usually an analogy that is not to be taken literally – perhaps you didn’t understand the nuances and subtext of Martin’s correct analysis.
        PS Martin, you’re right, if Sebastian had been a bit more co-operative perhaps Daniel could have nibbled Fernando, but ultimately now we’ll never know.
        Fernando and Ferrari always seem to shine on front limited understeer inducing tracks such as China, Barcelona, Silverstone and Spa, but I think they are lacking on rear-limited “traction zones” oversteer tracks such as Monaco and Hungary.
        We’ll see.

    2. super seven says:

      Not a Vettel fan. I think he is an average Formula 1 driver who lucked into the best car and a non competitive teammate for 4 seasons. Of course, an average Formula 1 driver is an amazing athlete, but I still don’t put him in the same category as the true greats of Formula One.

      Arguably Daniel is supporting that viewpoint with the race by race defeats he is inflicting upon Sebastian this season.

      Having said that, they were both on 2 stop strategies, and should have been allowed to race. To quote Eddie Irvine after his Japan GP race incident with Ayrton, “if you’re so quick, then why couldn’t you pass me?”.

      Let the guys race. They should be able to earn their positions.

      1. Kay says:

        Agree about letting them race.

        Still, this showed the true face of Vettel. The kid needs a taste of his own medicine.

  8. Anne says:

    Good job by Lewis and great P3 for Alonso. Nico also made a fantastic job despite a poor start and the telemetry problems. I feel for Ricciardo.He deserves a podium as well.

    1. AlexD says:

      Yes, he deserves a podium in Australia, but not today…Alonso was better

      1. Anne says:

        Of course Alonso was and is better.But If Ricciardo would´ve ended in the podium. I think it would been fair as well.

      2. AlexD says:

        Then he should have started better

      3. Alexander Supertramp says:

        I don’t think Ricciardo deserved it that much. Started P2 on the grid and finished behind Fernando without racing him. He overtook Vettel, but that’s it really.

      4. super seven says:

        No, he didn’t deserve the podium in Melbourne. His team cheated, effectively putting 0.3-0.4 seconds per lap of extra pace into his car over the race distance.

        Good drive today, but Fernando had his measure this time. I hope the poor starting bugbear of Webber isn’t going to start being a regular thing with his fellow Aussie.

        Hoping for one better in Spain.

      5. NickH says:

        No he doesn’t deserve a podium in Oz because his car was illegal

  9. PB says:

    A very average race in terms of excitement and thrill, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Vettel’s reaction to being dominated over the next races. What a difference 1 year can make and I think this season will perhaps finally tell the tale on Vettel’s temperament.

    Bring it on!

    1. Rem says:

      I think you mean what a diference a car and a better team mate can make.

      I think they need to let Rosberg & Alonso swap cars, then we’d see some action in every race.

  10. My Dad's Harder Than Yours says:

    Well done Lewis a class above the rest again today

    1. Carbonated says:

      A class above Rossberg you mean? They have a vastly superior car.

      1. StevenM says:

        Rosberg IS the rest. ..

  11. JT says:

    Ricciardo actually beat Vettel by 24 seconds rather than 22. If he hadn’t lost those few seconds following Vettel instead of being let past, he may well have had a real shot at passing Alonso and getting Red Bull a podium. I wonder if Red Bull will consider that.

    1. justafan says:

      First of all, RBR should consider their pitstop strategy. They lost the 3rd place on strategy. Alonso is a canny racer, he’s not giving back such gifts.

  12. Brett says:

    What a boring race. This season is the worst I have ever seen. Bring back the tire war. Bring back in season testing. Bring back V8′s or V10′s. Bring back refueling. Tried of F1 trying to be green or road car related. F1 is for real racing fans, not green peace. Don’t really care if my car has any features of an F1 car, just care if it gets me from A to B so I can watch exciting racing.

    1. You obviously went missing during the last race man.

    2. Marcin says:

      Perhaps you should consider that the new Formula 1 is not for you?

      None of those things are coming back.

      And many, many of us are quite enjoying the show.

      1. AlexD says:

        And many, many of us are not enjoying at all, it sounds terrible and is very boring

      2. Jeremysmith says:

        Then why are you bothering to watch ? I don’t understand why anyone is watching a sport that they are not enjoying ..

      3. Kingszito says:

        +1
        Guys you got to move on, this is a new era of F1 so u better start enjoying it or simply switch to other sports.

      4. Tickety-boo says:

        +1 I wish they would, and then we’d be spared the diatribe which would make these forums less tedious to wade through.

      5. Ash says:

        Hear hear…..

    3. MrF1 says:

      They did bring back in season testing.

    4. Sebee says:

      F1 Gods are taking a pee on us, and telling us it’s rain.

      1. Elie says:

        Either put on a rain coat or start believing in another god..

      2. Sebee says:

        I believed in the Eff One and only God. But they keep changing the faith each year. We seem to be >< that close to ERS equipped green spaceship with green Martians coming to pick us up and needing to drink the koolaid before they arrive. I fear Eff One God has turned to a potential cult and I can't get out.

    5. David in Sydney says:

      Are you joking?

      Then engines are amazing (although as Radio Le Mans stated yesterday the Porsche 1.4 litre turbo 4s use less fuel, sound better and a more powerful than current F1 engines).

      I don’t miss the noise (surprisingly) but I do agree a tyre war would be good for the sport and, perhaps, a further reduction in aero – perhaps it’s time to feature a spec chassis with multiple engine suppliers?

      1. Jean-Christophe says:

        Come on! No spare chassis. I like the fact that we have great designers like Adrian Newey who can draw a masterpiece, or Aldo Costa who can redeem himself and prove that Ferrari were wrong to fire him. I love innovations like the double diffuser, the exhaust blown diffuser, f-duct etc.
        I might support a return of a tyre war although I’d be pissed if some crapy car won just because it had the better tyres

      2. David in Sydney says:

        I’m much more interested in engine innovation, transmission innovation, race strategy and driver skill than I am double diffusers, F ducts, DRS, front wing elements and… a spec chassis would eliminate a lot of the cost of the teams to focus on hybrid and battery tech – a lot more relevant for most car manufacturers.

    6. aveli says:

      when they go to train in the gym does vettel do all his training with the aim of helping his teammate or with the aim of beating his teammate? don’t cut your toenails too closely.

    7. Phenom says:

      4 races into a season that has seen the competitive order flipped on it’s head and offered some truly memorable inter-team battles is the most boring season you have ever seen?

      Have you ever watched F1 before 2014 then?

    8. Flyboy says:

      Brett is the man! Completely agree! This is not F-1, it is some kind of bastard technology demonstrator. Bring back the REAL F-1!

    9. Alexander Supertramp says:

      Yell out ‘bring back the v8/10′s’ as much as you want, they are obsolete! I think you should be more open-minded about the V6, it’s a wonderful piece of technology and it’s only going to get better!Annnd, I have a feeling the sound will be much better next year.

    10. M Gray says:

      I agree the race was rather dull…Given the speed of the Mercedes so far this season, the championship for this year is a bit of a forgone conclusion. The sport has become so locked down by engine rules, kers, drs, and laps to recharge batteries, that its all become a bit to artificial for my liking. Will I keep watching? If I’m home and have free time maybe. Will I make an effort? Probably not, as I can log on to James’ website for the results…

    11. NickH says:

      I agree Brett, to an extent

    12. Schumilewis says:

      Sport moves on, get over it. Those halcyon days of F1 also cost the lives of a lot of great drivers, thankfully we innovate and move on. Embrace the new technology and appreciate the fact that these cars are probably harder to drive on the limit than in the last few years and more relevant to the car industry which without F1 would not exist!

    13. TimW says:

      Brett we have had 4 races with the new rules at tracks that have rarely produced exciting dry races even with v10s refuelling tyre wars etc. Give the sport a chance, we haven’t been to Silverstone, Spa or Suzuka yet. Take off your rose tinted specs and remember the dull races that have occurred in every season of F1 so far. I don’t see much difference between this or any of the other seasons I have watched over the last 30 odd years, we have had 2 average races, 1 dull one and one exciting grand prix, not bad going really and far too early to write off 2014.

  13. Rockman says:

    Interesting race because it’s starting to confirm a few points.

    Lewis
    No excuses, he is currently the fastest and making use of the car he has with him. He’s in a very good place mentally which is associated with his relationship with Nicole. The only thing that will stop Lewis from the WC is unreliability.

    Nico
    He cannot match Lewis on pace, strategy, tyre saving etc. He’s still in denial stage but the only reason he won is due to Lewis unreliability. He got 2nd place today which is unexpected, his only real competition is in first place pulling away.

    Fernando
    The only problem with Alonso is that he is unbelievably consistent. He performs with whatever he has rain or shine. People get so used to it, when he pulls rabbit out of the hat it doesn’t seem that special anymore. Kimi was brought in the team as a measure of Alonso’s performance. And right now, up to this point. Alonso is making Kimi look like Massa. While Alonso is up there fighting for podium, Kimi is fighting for 8th or 9th. Now when will Fernando get his chance like Lewis this year? Hopefully sooner than later, hus talent warrants more than 2 WDC. He’s just at the wrong place at the wrong time since 2007.

    Ricciardo
    Well he’s certainly showing Seb he’s not intimitated whether they are on same or different strategy. At the current guise, no doubt he is faster than Vettel. Whether Redbull does something to the car to improve for Seb we’ll see. Maybe they are quite happy letting Daniel run away with it? He is after all a Marko protegè, so its still a win win situation.

    Seb
    Well what can he do? He’s certainly trying at the moment but Daniel is just that much faster than him right now. It will be true test of character. I didn’t see an issue with him disobeying team order today, he was entitled to. He did ask regarding the strategy which he considered first. But he really needs to find a way to step up or else the team will start wrapping themselves around Daniel.

    Part of being an F1 driver is adapting to new cars. All of the drivers are in the same boat so no one can use that excuse. Saying a car is built to someones preference is rubbish IMO. The teams only target is to earn as much points for the team so they will not shoot themselves in the foot by developing only for one driver, specially if the other driver is getting paid millions and millions.

    The cream does rise to the top.

    1. Oly says:

      Excellent post.

      1. Ash says:

        +1….love the part about adapting in total agreement….

    2. Mike Martin says:

      “Saying a car is built to someones preference is rubbish IMO.” Only one small mistake in this comment. This years Ferrari and McLaren are made with loads of input from Alonso and Button.

      +1 Nice comment and fun to read.

      1. Rockman says:

        I should’ve made it clearer but I thought my comment was going too long.

        The designers and engineers are the ones responsible for coming up with fresh ideas on which direction they head into. The drivers do provide feedback, but all they really do is drive in the simulator and races and let the team know how the car feels. Whether it needs more downforce, more speed etc. Alonso or Button did not design the front wing or any part of the car for that matter. They see the car when its built, drove it around and let their engineers know how it goes.

        During pre-season, there is no other cars to compare with so its nigh on impossible to know your relative performance. Maybe the car felt ok to Alonso and Button but unfortunately other teams built the car better from the start.

        Ferrari and Mclaren are the issue, they don’t have much ideas. They’re not pushing the boundaries enough and possibly playing it too safe with their design. Other teams have better leadership which leads to better direction for development. Hopefully the arrival of Mattiaci in Ferrari will help them but maybe too late for this year. Still wonder what Mclaren is planning in regards to leadership when Honda arrives next year.

      2. Mike Martin says:

        You did not have made yourself more clear. What you stated was easy to understand. Yet I still not agree with you about this matter. A car has certain characteristics. This might be under steer, very nosy or over steer. The balance of the car is also a great factor when a car is designed. A engineer knows certain features a driver truly dislikes. Even the drivers length and weight are counted in before starting to design. Magnussen is talented but will have more input in the 2015 car. Same goes for Raikonnen.

    3. Chris says:

      +1 with these comments Rockman, it was a tad boring but happy with the result, hard to believe Lewis is STILL behind Nico and it does appear that the only thing stopping Lewis at the moment is reliability.

      Lewis made it look easy today and fully deserves to be leading the WC for me, roll on Europe.

      1. MistressofSpeed says:

        What do you mean “… hard to believe Lewis is STILL behind Nico…”

        Chris, It’s Maths: only if Nico had finished 4th WOULD Lewis be leading the WDC.

        25+18+18+ 12 = 73

        But he finished 2nd, therefore 25+18+18+18 = more than 0+25+25+25.

        Assuming that both cars complete all laps in Barcelona, Lewis will need start on pole and be the FIRST to take the chequered flag for him to lead the Driver’s Championship. And, if there are any unfortunately circumstances – he will NEED to FINISH with a points scoring position that overcomes the deficit to Nico.

        As a Lewis fan – I can wait for him to get another title. I’ve waited long enough for him to provided with the car to get the job done. My wish is that he encounters the bare minimum of retirements throughout the 2014 season; and, certainly no problems that force any errors by him to the detriment of a second title. And, I want Mercedes to continue to develop and win the Constructors because, based on what they have managed to accomplish so far – they deserve it.

        As for Nico inheriting the win in AUS, we must consider the fact that although he’s driving the fastest combination he could easily have been carrying the unknown/undiagnosed problem, so we should commend his ability to stay with it to the end and WIN.

      2. C63 says:

        MistressofSpeed
        he could easily have been carrying the unknown/undiagnosed problem….

        I may have misunderstood your post, if I dd I apologise. The problem with Lewis engine that caused a retirement in Australia was a cracked insulating sleeve on one of the spark plugs – at least that’s what they said on Sky, they made a joke about a €1.50 part causing a failure on an engine that cost millions to develop.

    4. fox says:

      Ricciardo is a man! Vettel is a boy with finger. But who is Webber then?

    5. rafa says:

      Great comment.

      Regarding the ferrari driver battle, I guess this year we got Felipe Raikonen on the wheel!!

    6. Yago says:

      “Part of being an F1 driver is adapting to new cars. All of the drivers are in the same boat so no one can use that excuse. Saying a car is built to someones preference is rubbish IMO.”

      Exactly. I am glad there is people here that can see it.

      One point though. I think Nico has already been faster than Lewis, it was in Bahrein. In Australia we don’t know. Let’s see, I think he can match Lewis peace here and there, but he is not the complete package as Lewis, not even close.

      1. All revved-up says:

        I’m prepared to give the driver a few races to “adapt to the new cars” or “work with the engineers to adapt the cars to their own driving style”.

        It’s now 4 races into the season. Very soon these “reasons” will sound like excuses.

        That said – Kimi does suffer from not being able to get temperature into his tyres (even during his time at Lotus). But over the course of a season we will soon be able to tell if these are just excuses.

        Some have also suggested that Vettel needs sometime to adjust to the non-exhaust nlown diffuser cars. He’s had 4 races now, so in a few more races we will see the true story.

        Vettel’s sector times and lap times in the second half of the race were consistently a few tenths here and there slower than Ricciardo. In the end it added up to 20 seconds.

        There were no other cars in the way to influence the lap times.

      2. Yago says:

        You are right, but if driver A needs 6 more races than driver B to adapt, then he has been beaten six times in a row, and it is clear he is a worst driver in a very important department: adaptability. Every year drivers have to adapt, even as the season goes on (and even from corner to corner, as the conditions change!!). The best driver takes one day to extract the maximum out of a new and completely different car (Alonso, who was near a second faster than Kimi since Jerez test), the second best takes several sessions (Hamilton), and the rest it depends if the new car suit their style more or less, so they take more or less time to adapt, or even do never entirely extract the best out of the car.

        Adaptability is the signature of a great driver, because it is the signature of talent. You can already say, without worrying you could be wrong, that Alonso is a better driver than Kimi.

    7. Jean-Christophe says:

      You’ve said it all. Brilliant! :-)

  14. Pkara says:

    WELL DONE LEWIS !!

    STELLA DRIVE:-)

    Honourable mention goes to Alonso great result.

    Funny moment Vettel throwing his toys out the pram & not letting Daniel pass :-D

    Vettel must have an issue with The Lads From Down Under :-D
    Firstly Mark Webber & now Daniel Riccardo :-D
    I suppose he’s now in a Vegimite Sandwich :-D

  15. Gaz Boy says:

    Well done Lewis.
    You have finally blossomed into the mature, disciplined, down to earth and refined driver I always knew you could be. Your personal life is settled, your in a team that you adore – and they adore you, you seem to be a peace with yourself, and your in that late 20s/early 30s time-zone when a driver is at his peak in my opinion.
    Hang on a minute, I’ve noticed something!
    Lewis is 29, he’s English/British, he’s driving a car made in Brackley, he has a Mercedes engine behind him, he’s driving in a season with radical new regulations, his car has the most refined approach to the regs on the F1 grid, and he is outqualifying and outracing his more experienced team-mate in this early part of the season.
    Is it a coincidence, but aren’t there similarities to Jenson and Brawn 2009? Jenson was 29, driving a car made in Brackley, Mercedes engine, radical regs………?????
    By the way, what is going wrong at Macca? 11th and 13th? I think its a good judgement to say Lewis is glad he’s not driving for Scuderia Woking this season!
    Still, now that the long haul early season races are over, the cars and personnel are heading back to UK, Italy and Switzerland, and now begins the crucial stage of the championship – the all important development war during the European season.
    PS I hope after this race the drivers will go to down town Shanghai and get stuck into some chicken fried rice, curry sauce and chips. Don’t worry lads – you’ve got 3 weeks to the next race, go a bit mad on the gastronomic front. Tell you what, have double amounts – or the Montoya portion size. Looking at the likes of Jenson, Sutil, the Hulk, even Daniel to a certain extent they could do with a good feed.

    1. AuraF1 says:

      McLaren seem to have built a front limited car like the Mercedes of past few years.

    2. Andy Warhol says:

      Perhaps the comparison about the more experienced team mate is a bit of a stretch, as Nico has only one more year than Lewis? Jenson vs Rubens was a different story as the brazilian had way more experience.

      By the way, yes what’s up with McLaren? Ferrari got a load of bashing these days, but the Maccas should get an equal amount of slack, in few days is Ayrton’s anniversary, and is a reminder of how much they used to be dominant. Now they look pretty hopeless.

    3. Mer1in says:

      I think McLaren’s poor recent form is directly attributable to Jenson’s struggles to get heat into his tires. This is reminiscent of Jenson in 2012 when he struggled with exactly the same issue for 5 races (from Spain to the British GP). This ended up hurting Mclaren not just due to Jenson’s lost points, but also because it hindered their development since the team had to follow a separate development path for Jenson. I remember that for the Canadian GP the team had intended to use a Montreal-specific rear suspension, but they had to abandon it for Jenson because he was afraid that adding this variable would further confuse his car setup. Flash forward to 2014, and I believe that Jenson’s inability to “switch on” these more durable tires is leading Mclaren down another development and setup cul-de-sac, and Magnussen, as a rookie, is simply powerless to help the situation.

      1. Gaz Boy says:

        I suspect you’re right.
        Jenson is very, very sensitive with tyre pressures and tyre temperatures, and he does appear to limit himself to a very narrow operating window.
        Mind you, what’s happened to Mini Mag in the last few races?

      2. Mer1in says:

        It may be a gross oversimplification, but I’d suggest that Magnussen’s recent form is a consequence of his own inexperience combined with Jenson’s struggle to “read” the Pirelli tires. Since it’s Kevin’s first season in F1, he clearly won’t have a confident grasp of his car’s technical capabilities, therefore it stands to reason that he will be inclined to “follow the leader” (i.e. rely on the team to make key decisions on his setup). In turn, the team needs a benchmark to guide their decision on defining a base setup for both cars, and for this they will implicitly trust their senior driver’s feedback. Therefore if Jenson is lost on setup, then so must be Kevin — the blind leading the blind, you might say.

    4. NickH says:

      What is going wrong at Macca. Good question. They have a Merc lump and yet they are way off Force India and Williams who operate on a way smaller budget. What are you doing Ron

  16. Rohind says:

    What happened to Vettel after the first round of pit stops?
    He was driving really well and was even chasing Alonso initially after the first round of pit stops when he came behind.

    It’s really surprising to see him down 20s on Ricciardo

    1. justafan says:

      He was told to drop back and preserve tyres.

  17. Martin says:

    It did seem to be rather a stroll in the park for Hamilton. A second a lap quicker quite easily, but only 25 seconds up the road from Alonso at the end.

    I’ll be interested in seeing quite how Raikkonen ended up 58 seconds behind Alonso. After the last pitstops they set their fastest laps – Kimi’s was faster, but quickly dropped off. Looking at the gaps, it didn’t seem as though Raikkonen had traffic for much of the race.

    It will be interesting to see what stories come out of Red Bull. 25 seconds is a big gap in a race. Not a bad as Raikkonen, but Vettel had even less to worry about in terms of traffic.

    Hulkenberg seems to have restored normal order at Force India. Bahrain being a power dominated circuit may have played to Perez’s weight advantage.

    1. All revved-up says:

      Yes the last half of the race there was very little traffic affecting the race and the sector times showed Ricciardo a few tenths here and there faster than SV. It all added up to >20 seconds. Showing that Ricciardo was just consistently that bit faster.

      The only time SV lost a chunk of time and perhaps his tyres was when he fought off Rosberg so aggressively.

      In contrast to Alonso who had a more mature reaction, preserved his tyres and did not defend against Rosberg as aggressively.

      I think Alonso had Ricciardo covered and the gap came down from 5 seconds to 1+ second only in the last few laps. We’ve seen this from Alonso many times before.

  18. Oly says:

    China 2014 – a reality check for many.
    Congrats to Ham/Merc, Alo and Ric.
    Sweet ;)

  19. bmg says:

    Vettel v Ricciardo, love it, love it, love it.

    I was waiting for Vettel to throw the toys out of the pram.

  20. Mmm says:

    Worst TV producer I have ever witnessed. Do we want to see Rosberg/Hamilton waving to the crowd for 10-20 seconds or do we want to see the KOB and BIA squabble on the last 2-3 laps? It’s an easy pick for me at least…

    And that was just one example. Every overtake was shown in replay instead of live since the producer missed it (with 1 or 2 exceptions). How hard can it be?? They have the real time gap between the cars, USE it to show us the battles…

    “- Let’s see here, we have two cars within a second of each other and one closing fast. Hmm… no, nothing is going to happen there, lets just show the top 5 cars even though there’s a gap of 5-8 seconds between them…”

    1. Chris says:

      Agreed, the coverage did make the race seem even more dull than needed, most or the overtakes were missed and had to be shown on replay.

    2. Gaz Boy says:

      I think at Silverstone Ben and DC are in direct communication with the producers so they can ask “can we look at Alonso please Mr director?” for example, and therefore the producer can switch to what DC and Ben think is exciting.
      I agree than the standard of production varies hugely. In the past the worst production team were in Mexico, Imola, Spain, Hungary and Portugal – they would usually miss the exciting action out on the track, much to the annoyance of James Hunt and dear Murray.

      1. Rubinho's Keyfob says:

        Both Sky and the BBC (and presumably, the entire world :)) get the FOM feed. They can cut to their own cameras at any time, but for the on-track action everyone gets the same. It would be way too expensive for every broadcaster to bring enough kit to cover the race proper.

        I guess they can switch to alternative FOM feeds (such as the in-car views that are available on the red button) if they want. Not sure about that – their contract might not let them.

        On that note, I do find these new “corner analysis” segments interesting in the FP sessions (where they show two cars “ghosted” over each other to show the difference in line and how it affects the entry and exit speeds and hence overall speed through the corner). The fact that these views are with a moving camera that sweeps through the corner means that most of the standard camera angles that we see throughout the race must be robotic/automated (otherwise there’s no way the background would remain in perfect sync when the shots were overlaid).

        Interesting technology in F1 just on the broadcast side (also, I notice we now have graphics overlaid on the start/finish line that moves realistically as the camera pans but doesn’t exist in real life).

    3. David in Sydney says:

      The director can only show footage he actually has – I think the camera work wasn’t the best this race.

    4. aveli says:

      that’s what happens when friends employ friends. nature isn’t that easily beaten.

    5. Torchwood Five says:

      That might actually get taken onboard by someone.

      Good job for putting it out there.

  21. Desklupes says:

    Ricciardo should be on 42 points and 3rd in the championship. He’s smashing vettel!

    1. NickH says:

      Are you including the race he came 2nd in an illegal car? A car that was not capable of finishing 2nd without ignoring FIA orders

    2. All revved-up says:

      Ricciardo would be on 40+ points but for team errors:
      (1) he could have finished 5th (10 points) in Melbourne slowing down for fuel; and
      (2) 10 points in Malaysia but for the poor pitstop.

      But I don’t think Ricciardo needs these arguments. His excellent performance is plain for all to see.

      He and Alonso suffer from the same problem this year – no matter how well they drive and set up their cars – Hamilton will be quicker.

  22. Joe B says:

    If we have to have dominant teams and cars, then I’m glad to see the good fortune finally spread around a bit. 2011 aside Hamilton’s been stellar for most of his career and deserves a season like this – kudos to him for taking full advantage of it. I just wish Alonso gets a competitive car again before it’s too late…

    As for Vettel… We’re seeing Silverstone 2011/first half of 2012 playing out once again. The real test of Ricciardo will be when Newey sorts out a way to increase rear down force on the Red Bull, but he’s certainly making a better fist of it so far than Webber was able to manage for the last few seasons.

  23. Thompson says:

    Not much can be said about this race – Alonso did well to stay ahead of the rb.

    But we cannot expect a classic every race.

    Macca desperately need a ‘fast’ driver, Hulkingburg is one option and dare I say it Alonso has to be a consideration maybe even…… Vettel.

    But the loss of the merc engine makes Macca a gamble

    Kimi needs to put more time into the simulator and with his engineers to try and sort out whatever his issue’s are with the car.

    Ether that or quit his performance is unacceptable even though he got 8th he’s not helping the team.

    1. James Clayton says:

      You’d have to be a brave man to jump ship to McLaren. Even with clearly the fastest engine, they’re languishing down in the midfield, fighting the Loutii(who look to be making steady progress in the *right* direction) and Torro Rosso, rather than Ferrari and Red Bull.

      Next year they loose the most powerful engine on the grid and jump to an unknown quantity. The engine would have to be *mighty* impressive to pull that McLaren anywhere near the front.

      It feels very sad for me to say it… I always loved the McLaren vs Ferrari vs Williams days… but I just get the feeling McLaren are going to take a few (more?) years of pain.

  24. James Clayton says:

    What on earth was up with the flag wavers today? Blue flags being shown to all the wrong drivers (not for the first time this season, either), then the chequered flag man deciding he fancied an early night and finishing the race a lap early… unacceptable at this level

    1. franed says:

      Agreed, we expect better of F1.

    2. Sebee says:

      a) they were hypnotized by the humming sounds
      b) they were bored
      c) the Ferrari vacuum sucked their will to live
      d) Chinese government is working on new LTE based mind control software, still in beta.
      e) all of the above

      1. Jock Ulah says:

        No . . .

        It was that acid rain delivered by the F1 Gods –
        mentioned by you above –
        which stung the marshals’ eyes.

  25. Nator says:

    Funny in the cool down room it took Lewis ages to acknowledge Nico, and Nico throwing his gloves onto the chair. I reckon things are pretty frosty there. Merc are gonna have to do well to manage them or there will be a boil over.
    Good drive Dan, shame about the start. We’ll done though.
    Fernando is just a freak. No other words for it. Drive of the day by a mile.

    1. Davej says:

      Good point- but the only problem I can see here is with Nico- who isn’t taking being humbled by Lewis very well (reminds me of Alonso in 2007 actually)

      1. Mhilgtx says:

        Oh no saint Alonso didn’t like getting beat?

    2. aveli says:

      drivers only need management when they’re within hundredths or thousandths of each other. they are managed by nature when they’re more than a tenth apart on track.

    3. Fastfastfast says:

      It was the end of a race and the drivers are still in a certain zone and are reflecting on their performances. Emotions are still running high and their brains are just analyzing at WTF just happened.

      Nico, naturally, acted out of frustration and Lewis understood this and let Nico be. He probably didn’t want to rub salt on his teammate’s fresh wounds. I think both acted graciously through triumph and defeat.

      At the team photos, both were in a better mood and were seen celebrating.

      I think we expect too much from drivers, on and off the track.

      1. C63 says:

        @fastfastfast
        I think we expect too much from drivers, on and off the track.
        You make a good point there. It’s asking an awful lot from a driver, who has just been stuffed by their teammate, to be particularly happy about it. I remember DC mentioned once that he didn’t enjoy the podium ceremony (unless he won) as he was effectively celebrating another’s drivers success.

      2. Nator says:

        I agree, both we’re quite gracious, but there is definite tension there. This is just another reason why I love F1. The soap opera. Fascinating stuff.

    4. jake says:

      “Funny in the cool down room it took Lewis ages to acknowledge Nico”
      Normal practice is that the others make the effort to acknowledge the winner. Did you notice Lewis praising Nico in the interview but I did not hear Nico reciprocate. I think the issue is with Nico.

      1. Davej says:

        +1, I agree. When Nico does a better job Lewis also heaps praise on his team mate but that is never reciprocated as you stated. Only question I have is why then, aren’t people saying Nico is “arrogant” or “petulant” etc etc?

      2. Kay says:

        At least Nico is not showing the finger. Juggling a microphone gains fans while fingering the air shoves fans away.

  26. Damon says:

    redbull blew the chance with Daniel, he was comfortably holding Rosberg behind and they let Mercedes do the undercut on him for no reason at all.

    1. AlexD says:

      Why red bull? He should try and hold his starting position next time

      1. Damon says:

        What are you talking about?? He was comfortably holding Rosberg off and they needlessly let him stay out for 2 or 3 laps longer, anybody could see Nico was going to get the undercut.

    2. justafan says:

      Yes, RBR strategy today was awful.

  27. Andrew says:

    Love how everyone complains and moans when Vettel wins all the races by a mile. Here we have Lewis doing the same thing today but alot of people are saying well done. Rosberg has to win the next race or that’s it for the championship baring Lewis’s car breaking down.

    1. AlexD says:

      Do not worry….it is just 3 wins after 9 wins by Vettel…and it was 4 years in a row…so I think people will be tired as well if this continues

      1. justafan says:

        It will continue. Merc advantage is too big.

      2. Grant says:

        We’ll start complaining after 4 years.

    2. Mike Martin says:

      Vettel was winning is an arguably illegal car.(flex wings, traction control, changeable ride height, engine mapping to name a few) That’s why we were moaning back then. Hamilton’s car is legal so far….

      1. Sebee says:

        Can you remind me please which GP the RBR raced wings failed the flex test or the revised flex test? Please tell me which of the WDC and WCC winning efforts were nullified by the FIA, who seem to know nothing about this or how to inspect the cars.

      2. Mike Martin says:

        Sebee, Tough luck you missed the word “arguably”.

      3. Torchwood Five says:

        Sky’s tv team mentioned during Free Practice all those matters in relation to RBR and that in spite of them, they had never had a car disqualified before Daniel in Australia.

      4. Sebee says:

        FIA checked it and deemed it fit to race. Who are you arguing with?

        Funny, I ask this knowing full well I and others here argue with FIA views regularly.

      5. Mike Martin says:

        Jedi Sebee, I am trying to decode your message because I do not really understand it. I looks like you challenge your own words. First you say FIA is good and praise that they did not penalize RB in the past and now you say you doubt the FIA. It might be the humble pie you are eating or the bitter butt-hurt you are suffering from. You know exactly what points I am referring to. I explicitly said arguably(to avoid this can of worms).The points I stated are known facts. RB have changed certain(illegal) features and some could not be proven. Anyway, you pick a hell of a weak to try to proof RedBull integrity to the rest of us. You are free to believe what you want and so am I. RedBull have been cheating and are convicted as cheaters and there is nothing you will say to me that will change that. Ferrari has not been caught very often either, yet we all know they are cheaters just like Red bull, Mercedes and McLaren.

        I go back to my Hamilton cheer-leading and I advise you to go back to your Vettel love letters. Jedi mind tricks will only work on the weak minded. You just do not have the force :)

        I am not angry with you. I kinda like you. It’s good you protect your idol/team and to be honest to see you suffer after a Lewis Win makes it all even sweeter.

      6. JF says:

        It’s not actually arguable.

      7. Sebee says:

        This sensorgate is a new story. You were talking about years prior.

        I wrote a reply that your argument is against FIA. It is as I wrote it that I realized I argued against them plenty. On some penalties, on changing tires last year, on these rules, etc. So basically my point was mute in that by saying your argument against FIA not enforcing the rules as you see them fitiis wrong means my arguments against them are wrong.

        Anyhow, I’m having am off weekend with this timezone mess. Oh, and if you think this Lewis domination has me suffering, you’re wrong. I see the joy it brings to you guys and I say…why not? It can’t all be my way all the time. Besides, I just play any race from last 4 years and once again all is right with the world. Reruns are good for Seinfeld, they are OK for F1. :-)

    3. Oly says:

      Maybe “everyone” thinks Lewis is better racer than Vettel and have no problems seeing him winning in a dominant car. This is at least my opinion, and I’m Alonso’s fan.

      1. Joe B says:

        Count me in with “everyone”.

      2. Dazzler says:

        Me too.

        Just think,imagine what Alonso,Button, Raikkonen, Di Resta or Kubica could have done if they were given the tools to fight with.

        I have no problems with someone other than Vettel having a significant car advantage.

        I also think Hamilton is a better racer than Vettel.

      3. Kay-gee says:

        Most of us have never doubted that he is faster. Oh and he schooled Alonso while he was still a rookie. Imagine what would he do to Alonso now. Alonso himself confessed that he is faster.

    4. Sebee says:

      At least this year the marshals are cutting it short to spare us.

      This Mercedes is going to crush not only the field but also our spirits for a season. What’s sad is that most of the time this car is not at maximum. It’s simply not passible.

      1. JF says:

        True. The aren’t even stretching. May take a few years to get things going again

      2. Dazzler says:

        Its not going to crush my spirits.

        Lewis Hamilton finally has the car with which he can show his class and fulfill his potential.

        I have been waiting for that for 6 years.

        I don’t think he will have it all his own way with a challenge from Rosberg and Red Bull forthcoming.

        Its a refreshing change from last year so long as Rosberg actually does fight for the wins.

    5. dazza says:

      Agree. No difference to Vettel although others will say otherwise! Surprising it’s taken Lewis this long to win 3 in a row! Too much about engines! The old engines were far more equal! They need to allow Renault and Ferrari to make changes to improve the show. 2 horse championship! Race was boring and sure there will be many more to come!!

      1. James Clayton says:

        “Too much about engines”

        Which is why the top 3 were all using different engines, I suppose?

      2. Spanco says:

        In order to win 3 in a row it’s almost required to have a dominant car. This is the first season Hammy has one.

    6. aveli says:

      why are you more concerned about people say than what happens?

    7. M_E says:

      hamilton = british

      vettel = german

      dont mention the war ;)

      1. justafan says:

        you just mentioned it …

      2. TimW says:

        But I think he got away with it….

    8. Fastfastfast says:

      It’s a sport driven by fans, gearheads, techies, fanboys and haters. We all have our preferences.

      The only ones who are bored are the fans whose driver is not winning. This also applies to last year and every year before it.

      And if you’re just an f1 fan, in general, and just enjoy the racing aspect, c’mon, it’s always been this way. They just have less dnfs, crashes and personalities nowadays. There have always been dominant teams in f1.

      I think, this year, in my humble opinion, is more exciting because of the record number of intra-team battles that are going on. Quality stuff.

      1. Kay says:

        Agree.

    9. jake says:

      It wont always be Lewis. I expect Nico to get a few more wins. The Merc is not bullet proof there will be some more DNF’s even a chance they both have trouble in the same race. The other top teams will narrow the gap sufficiently so that opportunistic wins are possible. I do not think Merc will win every race this season as some are predicting.

    10. C63 says:

      In other breaking news today; The football association. Is set to investigate the strange phenomenon of rival teams fans booing when their team lose.
      A spokesman said they were bemused, ‘even though the winning team often displayed a superior pattern of play, the rival fans don’t appreciate this and still boo the better team’. The football association has pledged to get to the bottom off this matter ;-)

    11. Dazzler says:

      I love how when Vettel wins by a mile in a car that cant be matched he is considered a genius and living legend.

      Can we upgrade Hamilton to that status yet ?

  28. Alexander Supertramp says:

    Well, not the most exciting race. Pretty amazing to have such a difference with Bahrain. How is that even possible? Is it because the China circuit is a little more aero dependent?

    Easy win for Lewis, his train is rolling and it will be very hard to stop. The battle with Nico might appear close, but the numbers don’t lie. Nico has only been able to beat Lewis once, that’s during qualifying in Bahrain. If Nico doesn’t find something, he will have to rely on reliability issues is Lewis’ camp, which is not a nice way to become champion.

    Amazing job by Fernando, who showed that the Ferrari has decent pace, but still he made it happen while Kimi could not. Fernando made the most of every opportunity and every weapon he has in his arsenal. He started yesterday with great qualy and today with a great start. His pace was very comparable to the RB, but being in front of them was vital as it would enable him to fend off their attacks and that’s exactly what he did-great strategy by Ferrari.

    Gutted for Massa/Williams. That start was out of this world, he was like a bullet! Williams seem to have fallen behind FI, which makes them 5th best car. The gap is small, so top results are still possible, but they need to find some performance. Drivers can really make the difference now.

    Losers of the day are Mclaren. Horrible, just horrible pace/tyre management. Fighting TR’s and Grosjean’s Lotus.. Hope they can improve as the teams go back to Europe. The R&D war will be lighting up, I expect massive strides by RB, let’s hope it just brings the field closer. And after today, there is definitely hope for Ferrari/Alonso!

    1. Tom in adelaide says:

      No safety car?

    2. AuraF1 says:

      Massa brought his starts from Ferrari. If there were points for starts he’d finally be a champion!

      1. Grant says:

        Yes Massa and Fernando are real starters.

    3. Alexander Supertramp says:

      also, every car had a lot of fuel left. Paddy Lowe was right when saying that the 100kg limit was no issue and that you could challenge teams by reducing the limit to 90kg. Lewis ended the race with almost 10kg to spare, I think only Dan got over 95kg. There’s no cab driving here, even Ferrari is doing great in that department.

      1. All revved-up says:

        Wow – excellent point.

        Exposes LdM’s taxi driver comments as political rubbish.

    4. German Samurai says:

      “The battle with Nico might appear close, but the numbers don’t lie. Nico has only been able to beat Lewis once, that’s during qualifying in Bahrain. If Nico doesn’t find something, he will have to rely on reliability issues is Lewis’ camp, which is not a nice way to become champion.”

      Last year in races where both drivers, Rosberg beat Hamilton 8-7.

      In actual fact, Rosberg beat Hamilton 9-6 because Rosberg was ordered by Ross Brawn to stay behind Hamilton in Malaysia despite being much faster.

      Rosberg had a bad weekend where a lot of things went wrong, but lost the minimum to Hamilton.

      Observing body language after the race, how Hamilton would barely acknowledge Rosberg (except when he made Rosberg hold the winners trophy on the podium LOL), things have got very cold between Rosberg and Hamilton.

      Rosberg is in a tough position because Hamilton wants nothing more than a feud since Hamilton knows (and Rosberg knows) that the team will ultimately choose to keep Hamilton over Rosberg. If things blow up, they’ll keep Hamilton and choose a driver that will not get in Hamilton’s way and will be subservient to him and team.

      So Rosberg has to either get angry, play with Hamilton’s head, make Hamilton fear him, risk it all to win the championship this year, or resign himself to spending the next several years at Mercedes being a well paid second driver, winning a race here and there and winning constructors championships.

      There’s always the possibility of Hamilton blowing up from the pressure if Rosberg just plays it calm and doesn’t rise to Hamilton’s passive-aggressive bait.

      IMO it will end in tears for Rosberg at Mercedes.

      1. M_E says:

        like massa, they should take him for 2015 instead of Rosberg. massa is very use to being submissive as was barrichello who was at williams too (not to mention ferrari!) and Brawn Gp (merc!) so many parallels its fate! massa the new barichello, would be very good for lewis I think. much more settled and v little friction as result Id say, massa is past his best days, nearly dying gives you that perspective that “its not worth it putting it in the wall for an extra position or two”. Rosberg isnt WC material, too moody and nice and not nearly consistent enough, solid racer though, and like webber occasionally has his day in the sun (again like barrichello and massa)

      2. Jean-Christophe says:

        Rosberg is much better than Massa. And in terms of the WCC, has always finished just behind Lewis which is just what the team needs.

      3. Martin says:

        I suspect a lot of it will come down to on track performances. Hamilton is a lot happier in this year’s car in the wet than the 2013 one, for whatever reason.
        Rosberg had the pace but not the racecraft to win in Bahrain, and that may happen again, but will it be often enough?

        The driver market will be interesting. Rosberg is in his 5th year with Mercedes. The 10 kg increase in weight for next year will bring Hulkenberg to the mix for more top teams, and he’s German.

        Vergne is in an interesting place. Ricciardo is currently looking pretty secure at Red Bull, and a fourth season at Toro Rosso doesn’t really fit Marko’s history. So unless Vettel moves, he is likely to be looking for a seat. His race pace was generally similar to Ricciardo, but he didn’t qualify as well. He may be powerless if he doesn’t have money though. But if Hulkenberg was to take Rosberg’s seat then Force India is the kind of team that would consider Vergne.

        It will be interesting to see which teams would consider Rosberg at the moment? The manager ratings in the last few years had him in the top ten, but which teams would pay him to drive?

      4. Alexander Supertramp says:

        I’m pretty sure Ham/Ros are driving the Mercedes W06 in 2015. Unless the miss out on the WCC due to poor driver’s performance, which is very very unlikely.

      5. Yago says:

        You are forgetting something… If Rosberg leaves, we could see something really special: Alonso vs Hamilton with the same exact car… I think that is a real possibility.

      6. Paige says:

        In a few of those races in which Rosberg beat him last year, Hamilton was driving with a suspension failure. (At the end of the year.) Furthermore, Hamilton was leading Nick in a few races in which he dropped out. Then there was Silverstone. It was also Hamilton’s first year to adapt to a new car and braking system, which he is known to have struggled with this year.

        In any event, this year is a straight fight, and Lewis has had him covered performance wise. If not for the dropped cylinder, Hamilton would be leading the points, possibly by a whole race if he had won it. Rosberg has to find more pace and very fast if he wants to stay in this. And he certainly can’t blow opportunities like Bahrain, where he was quicker and nonetheless got beat on the start and beat in the race. Because outside of a car failure, it will be nearly impossible to beat Hamilton when he is quicker and has the car setup dialled in.

      7. Olivier says:

        Fascinating stuff.

        Rosberg is a wounded warrior after Bahrein. No matter how perfect his race weekend, he ends up second. After Lewis.

        He really needs to turn the tide in Europe. And he knows it.

        I advice him to spend the weekend with Daniel Ricciardo. A genuinely positive mindset and attitude can unsettle a World Champion …

      8. Kay says:

        Who’s to say Dan won’t upset Nico a little more just to stir some s*** in the Merc camp?

      9. Alexander Supertramp says:

        You conveniently forget that Lewis was leading Rosberg every time he retired. Remember Silverstone? Lewis was leading (comfortably) when his tyre exploded. Then Vettel was leading and had a mechanical failure. Nico might have won that race, but it was not because of his amazing pace. I’m not even going to bother checking the actual race results as there is probably no way of having a reasonable debate with you. I can’t believe you are even suggesting Lewis wants a feud with Nico.

      10. German Samurai says:

        I’m talking races where both drivers finished.

        In 2013 Rosberg beat Hamilton 9-6 in races where both drivers finished.

        This championship is far from over.

      11. NickH says:

        Lewis is clearly a much faster driver than Rosberg, who keeps saying ‘I don’t like finishing 2nd’. Well we’re going to hear that an awful lot this year

      12. Jake says:

        What a load of Bull,
        Hamilton is not nor has he ever been a political player. [Mod] any negativity in the drivers room was clearly coming from Nico, throwing his gloves and sulking in the corner, how dare Hamilton drive a better race than him, he’s leading the championship.
        Malaysia was one race, let it go for heavens sake. If you actually cared in the facts you would know Hamilton had Rosberg covered in that race. It was RB who told Hamilton to pressure the Bulls, (clearly heard on the radio), and that is why Lewis ended up with less fuel and worn tyres, and that is why RB had Nico hold station, nothing to do with No 1 driver or any other crap, just an acknowledgement that Lewis had done as requested and his predicament was not of his own making. Rosberg was not robbed of third position because if not for the call to chase the Red Bulls Lewis had him well and truly beat.

      13. Kevin Shiel says:

        Agree. Nico should pay zero attention to Lewis political/media war, just focus on the driving side and let the result speak. Lewis even made the political master Alonso fail so playing at his level wud be self-destructing.

        Go Nico dont let lewis double face ruin your career.
        Lewis thinks he is the most talented driver out there, this confidence will get him one or two WDC titles but wont give him consecutive titles like Michael n seb.
        Im no seb/nico fan. Just dont like lewis arrogance.

      14. Steven M says:

        Nico IS letting the results speak…

      15. bking says:

        Kevin.. That’s one bitter pill you swallowed ^_^

      16. Dazzler says:

        Well Kevin

        Of course Lewis Hamilton is the only arrogant driver in the history of F1.

        Next you will telling me you don’t like his earrings.

        For your information Lewis does not work in the media and probably wouldn’t interact with the press at all if it was his own choice.

      17. furniture says:

        Last year was Ham’s debut year at Merc. It always takes the new driver a year to bed in – just look at Kimi at Ferrari this year (and don’t quote RIC at me, he’s Helmet’s boy, STR are RBR’s development squad, and VET appears to be struggling with the loss of blown floor more than any other driver – no surprise as he had a lot more of it than anybody else.)
        This year at Merc we’re seeing the real intra-team battle. Four races in and I think Ros is already in tears.

      18. All revved-up says:

        I won’t quote Ricciardo – but Hulkenberg is another glaring exception to your statement.

      19. Carbonated says:

        A lot of talk about Hamilton’s dominance over Rossberg and up until now it’s true. But the season isn’t over so don’t bury NR yet else you jinx Hamilton. All is takes is a couple of DNFs etc. or mistakes which Hamilton has been known to make and things could get dicey.

      20. Dr Lewis says:

        Wow – if you think Ros won against Ham last year – you really are completely nuts!

        The issue was tyres and without such Ros would have been even further embarrassed

        That of course is ignoring any of the statistics where Ham out qualified and out pointed his team mate in his first year in a car that was clearly not setup to work with his style of driving to the extent, he was unable to use his preferred braking system.

        If you suggest that is nothing. Well you never have raced anything.

        Aros is a good racer – but he is not Hamilton and won’t be for somewhere around another 20 race wins.

        In fewer F1 races I might add….

      21. NickH says:

        ‘Passive aggressive bait’ hahaha :)

        You are hilarious

      22. Torchwood Five says:

        “In actual fact, Rosberg beat Hamilton 9-6 because Rosberg was ordered by Ross Brawn to stay behind Hamilton in Malaysia despite being much faster.”

        Presumptive.

        Nico passed Lewis, but kept losing the place. Just like the NINE times he passed Lewis in Bahrain.

        Agreed though, would have been nice for the two to continue fighting it out in Malaysia 2013.

    5. Martin says:

      My best guess on the Bahrain track is that it places a lot of emphasis on traction and as the tyres go away that creates opportunities for those following. Also the long front straight ends in a slow corner that is followed by another long straight. Turn 2 at Bahrain requires the right line, so if a driver is wide at turn 1 the following driver can hold tight to get a run. At Bahrain the downforce of the Red Bulls helped them look after the tyres in the traction zones, without having many fast corners to damage the tyres with high downforce. The Ferraris were reliant on new tyres for traction, so they sank to the back of the top ten as they didn’t have the straight line speed.

      In China a driver can run a bit wide in turn 14, hold the inside into the last turn and then defend the inside into turn 1 and that’s it for the lap. The lower importance of traction also put Alonso out of reach of the Force Indias and Wiliams.

      1. Alexander Supertramp says:

        Sounds good, thanks!

    6. Ahmed says:

      3rd place finish was just the alonso factor lol…. Given a car worthy of his talent, he’s atleast a 5 time wdc.

    7. JF says:

      It’s all merc. Fantastic car. Hamilton will make the most of it. Easy champ this year. Next year may be better.

  29. NJB says:

    Engine freeze = frozen competitive order. Can this be good for the sport?

    And before anyone mentions Bahrain, most battles there were intra-team not inter-team.

    1. GWD says:

      I’d say that the engines introduced this year cost enough in ongoing ‘closed’ R&D as it is without an engine development war going on behind the regular car development war. We can only hope that the engines get to closer parity after close of this season for 2015. However, the engines weren’t in absolute parity before these new ones…

  30. Anil Parmar says:

    Does anyone know the reason why the race results say the race finished at the end of lap 54 and not 56?! It means little as there wasn’t much overtaking on the last few laps but it classifies Kobayashi BEHIND Bianchi…?

    http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2014/917/7335/results.html

    What if Lewis retired on the final lap? He still would have won the race lol.

    1. M_E says:

      the marshall waved the flag to early (or at least was starting to, “I just got the chequered flag!” lewis was heard saying on radio with one lap to go!

    2. Alexander Supertramp says:

      Apparently it’s in the rules. Unfair to Kobayasshi..

  31. NickH says:

    Pretty boring race, easy peasy for Lewis, good job.

    Impressive stuff from Alonso, he seems to be much more adaptable at this stage than Kimi. Still, let’s wait until Kimi is happy with his car as he said it’s pretty painful at the moment. Same with Vettel, he’s clearly not happy with the feel of the car compared to Riccardio, he hasn’t become slow overnight.

    1. CarlH says:

      It’s getting pretty embarrassing for Kimi. Although he’s obviously not happy with the car, I just don’t think he’s in the same league as Fernando – that guy is incredible, he deserves a quick car more than anyone else on the grid in my opinion. Alonso should be classed as one of the all time greats.

      I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is Kimi’s last year in F1. If this year continues like this I can’t imagine him being too motivated to continue – maybe then Hulkenberg will get the seat he should’ve had in the first place.

      1. NickH says:

        Alonso is brilliant no doubt, kimi has always been a sloe starter when moving teams. In 07 when he won the championship it took him till mid season to find a set up, then he was very fast. It’ll probably be the same this year.

        Also, both Alonso championships are fairly fortunate as 1 was against an un-reliable Macca and he won his other one with illegal mass damper. After the damper was banned he was much less impressive

  32. Peter says:

    It’s too easy for Hamilton, he does not have to race with anyone else that Rosberg. Surprisingly he is not complaining, as did last year, that someone has 1-2 sec faster car than the rest of the field. Neither his fans saying he is winning because he has got the best car.

    1. aezy_doc says:

      I’m a Hamilton fan. He is winning because he has the fastest car.

    2. Robb says:

      Lewis said a championship where one car is dominant is not as exciting, which I believe he would still agree with today. To extrapolate that to mean he should be complaining that his car is too fast is pushing it a bit.

      1. KRB says:

        He did say in China that it looked like others might be catching up, and said it was good “because we like a good fight”. Lewis is a racer, loves to battle wheel-to-wheel.

    3. NickH says:

      Very sour grapes

    4. stewart says:

      I’m also a Hamilton fan, he is winning because he has the fastest car and I love it!!

    5. Steven M says:

      Hes winning because he has the fastest car, but in 08 he didn’t have the fastest car, but a very competitive one, which means the fastest car isn’t the only reason hes winning. Alonso said a few years ago that Hamilton is the only driver on the grid that can win without the fastest car. He just needs a car competitive enough with the fastest.

    6. Ed Bone says:

      I am a Hamilton fan. He is winning because he is the fastest and most complete driver on the grid AND because he is in the fastest car.

      Oh, and because he had the guts to leave McLaren, even though they had a much faster car than Mercedes at that time.

      1. Kay-gee says:

        +1

        Way faster… If McLaren pit stop guys didn’t work against him sometimes that year, he could have probably won 2012 championship.

    7. jake says:

      The Merc is fast for sure. It is near impossible to win in a slow car, would require a lot of retirements or a great deal of luck, Ask Alonso, he knows.
      If you look at the end of the last two races it is clear Lewis preferred the battle to the end win in Bahrain. It is not his fault the other teams built slower engines/PU/cars than Merc.

  33. rafa says:

    off topic james, but a number of my commentaries have never appeared. I don´t know if it´s a case of moderation, but it does´t make sense as i do not use any foul language. It´s true that in the commentaries I challenge some of the views of some regular posters here, but I remain respectful. I´ve followed your website for a number of years now, and have experienced this on a number of occasions. I am not one of the prolific posters that feel they have to say something on each article, so I´m just wondering if I´m missing something here. Thank you

    1. James Allen says:

      Not aware of any problem

      1. rafa says:

        probably a glitch then. thanks for taking the time to answer

      2. furniture says:

        It happens to me too. Often. Others have mentioned it in the past. You press the button to sumbit a comment you’ve just typed and suddenly you’re returned to the top of the article. It’s almost as if pressing the submit button auto-refreshes the page but loses the comment…

      3. rafa says:

        a glitch. ok thanks for taking the time to answer

      4. Kay says:

        If that happens, go back a page, your comment should still be there in the text box, repost.

        Happened to me plenty of times.

  34. franed says:

    Seb is obviously outclassed by his new team mate. Perhaps if the team fine him ten thousand quid each time he disobeys an order he will begin to understand that he is no longer the wunderkind!

  35. KARTRACE says:

    Early morning, I wanted to make one short espresso but the race was about to start. For the moment I was seeing, in my mind, Maldonado hitting Alonso, no it can’t be Massa. Massa, experienced and respected driver, no, no, the one who is having a dream of beating the best. Then, next thing, I was just wondering did Clair tell him he is not driving bumper cars any longer in that amusement park ?

    Ouch, ever since that accident he is not old Massa that we knew. Then I went and made that short espresso seeing Alonso continued……. that espresso was really good, on early Easter morning. Race, what race ? Aghh, yes Mercedes won yet again.

    HAPPY EASTER ! EVERYONE

    1. super seven says:

      Racing incident. Not his fault.

      Felipe was squeezed between Fernando and Dan, and had nowhere to go. Lightning start, but an unfortunate result. I suspect that the impact of the rear wheels probably had something to do with his disastrous pit stop.

      1. Hunter C says:

        kravitz actually confirmed after the race that williams mixed the left and right rear tires up, so the nuts wouldn’t align correctly

      2. KARTRACE says:

        Racing incident is consequence of someone’s actions. Incidents do not happen on its own. When you put yourself in the situation that is out of your mastership then accidents are due to occur, and that is exactly what happen here. No one yet told him that no race was won in the first corner but many were lost. He put himself out of place as Alonso was on his normal racing path to the first corner much the same goes for Ricardo.

      3. super seven says:

        So by your logic, any racer who gets ahead of his start position before the first corner is being irresponsible and dangerous. Seems no point in racing then. Let’s just qualify and declare the result.

        Alonso and Massa hit wheels to wheels. Massa had the inside line. If anything, Alonso was more to blame than Massa for that bump. Massa left room for Dan. Alonso didn’t leave room for Massa.

      4. KARTRACE says:

        Armchair tacticians are somewhat of real amusement. In most cases what he begins he never get to the closure, that is his trade mark and my logic. Do you honestly believe that Alonso had any interest to collide with the lunatic ? I am not against racing but bumping and bashing opposition doesn’t qualify as racing, racing ain’t contact sport. Alonso for sure didn’t expect Massa to be in the sandwich between him and Ric, that I s so obvious. Experienced driver what Massa suppose to be should allow for that element of surprise otherwise his brilliant start would count for long. He hah contact even before the first corner, no mater what you say this is not how experienced drivers race. Check that path in reverse and the trajectory that Massa produced in such a short space of time an space. He is the only one who is suppose to know where he is going to be traveling as he got his steering in his hands. Lucky it was just a touch. Couple a years back when LH collided with him so many times in one season on the grounds of being overoptimistic he trashed Lewis, now he is pulling same ticks. How clever all over a sudden. Period

  36. Kingszito says:

    Hello James,

    I heard that the result of the China race has been amended because of the early checkered flag. Are you aware? Please explain.

    1. James Allen says:

      Kobayashi passed Bianchi at the end and that was rescinded

  37. franed says:

    Lewis was brilliant, but we should not say he has equalled a record for so many this that or the other, because in the real racing days there were half the number of races. To equal a record nowadays, we need to see at least double the number of wins/starts or whatever, of an old record.

    1. Dr Lewis says:

      Check the stats. It may well give you some comfort.

      Apart from a certain JC whom is still in a class of his own.

      Ham and Vet are certainly in the bracket considering the total number of races vs results.

      In fact the best of the current grid by some way…

    2. furniture says:

      Lewis’ 25 (and counting) wins in 133 races gives him a significantly better win ratio than Lauda (25 from 177 races), though he’ll likely never touch Jesus Clark’s ratio from the 25 in 73 those rocketship ’63 and ’65 Lotuses handed him.

      If Merc stay dominant this season, and if Lewis stays on top of Nico, he’ll likely overtake Stewart in a few races’ time, then Mansell mid-season to become the winningest Brit ever – and he’ll overtake Fernando too just one win after that, leaving himself with only SV of the current drivers to overhaul (crossed fingers for a good Merc in 2015.) He already has much better win ratios than Mansell and Fernando, and a dominant 2014 and 2015 will put him close to Stewart.

      So, sure, Fangio, Clark, and Schuey are probably safe for the time being, but Lewis is in with a shout of getting even with Stewart, Prost, Senna and Vettel when it comes to win ratios. Not bad company at all.

  38. MrF1 says:

    Lewis- dominant, fast, strong, prepared and winning

    Rosberg- a good drive, but I cant help but feel hes doing a good job In a GREAT car.

    Alonso- nothing needs to be said

    Ric- another stella drive. Hes not asking for teams.orders, hes just driving the legs of that RB10

    Vet- cant see him grasping the brake by wire system unless he resets his buttons. Judgment still reserved until European rounds

    Williams: good chassis, great engine, just poor luck

    Force India: developing the car at a rate equal to the top teams, a good job today

    McLaren: Ron Dennis has had no impact, can Martin Whitmarsh now come out of solitary confinement

    And final mention to Kumai..

    Brave son.. very brave. Poke the dragon. But be ready to run

    1. Matt says:

      I was sad to watch Massa sitting there waiting for the team to first, find the correct tires and second to free the wheel nut issue. Williams hasn’t had a strong package in years and they toss away a result because of not being ready for Massa? How does that happen?

      1. Torchwood Five says:

        Any chance they were getting him back for tossing away a result the team thought was doable, at that earlier race?

    2. JF says:

      We’ll done Merc. Ham did not put a foot wrong, got the max out of the most dominant car in a decade.

  39. German Samurai says:

    I know everyone will be gushing over Alonso’s performance, but the Ferrari was quick all weekend in the dry.

    Fastest in P1, second fastest in P2. It was superior to the Red Bull. Alonso and Raikkonen really let themselves down in qualifying as they have throughout their careers.

    People should be sparing in giving credit to Hamilton for winning. Vettel was never given driver of the day when he crushed the opposition last year, so it would be hypocritical to begin awarding it to Hamilton.

    Vettel was absolutely correct in saying “tough luck”. Pathetic of Red Bull to issue a team order when the two drivers were fighting for position and essentially on the same strategy. Imagine the furore if Webber had ever been issued the same order by Red Bull.

    Vettel was right to ignore unnecessary meddling just like Massa did when he didn’t move over for Bottas.

    1. shaboopi says:

      All their careers? Maybe you should educate yourself better before talking nonsense. Alonso has only had a car capable of winning races 2 to 3 years maximum. His pole record is excellent compared to that fact. Or does your bias not allow you to judge that fact while telling others to remember how Vettel was treated last year. By the way Alonso is doing far better this year than Vettel is. It’s too bad he never had the fastest car 4 years in a row so we could get more pearls of wisdom from you.

      1. German Samurai says:

        Alonso has had cars capable of winning championship in 05, 06, 07, 10 and 12. He had the best car up until Montreal last year but squandered the advantage to Vettel.

      2. German Samurai says:

        edit.

        I’d just like to add that Alonso leaving McLaren was of his own making. He would have had a car capable of winning a championship in 08.

      3. NickH says:

        Have to agree with you Samurai, although Alonso was very impressive today. Like you say, both need to improve in quali, especially Raikkonen. Neither are Michael.

      4. puffing says:

        Oh, German Samurai has to close the discussion (even twice) with the most authoritative words, as usual; even if the words are most untrue regarding Fernando, as it usually is German Samurai’s mode.

    2. justafan says:

      I believe that Vettel signed a Ferrari contract for 2016. Since his signing RBR became anti Vettel. Anti Vettel team orders last year. Anti Vettel team orders this year again. I believe RBR feel betrayed by Vettel. My suggestion for 2016: Ferrari Vettel/Alonso, RBR Ricciardo/Kvyat. What do you think, James? Oh yeas and Kimi just a stop gap, hence they didn’t sign a long term prospect like the Hulk.

    3. Hansb says:

      Of course everyone has his/her own opinion but saying the Ferrari was fast all weekend thus Alonso’s drive wasnt anything special is just not right. Not Ferrari but Alonso was fast all weekend. Were was Räikkönen then in P1/P2 or is he suddenly one of the worst drivers of the grid ? A minute behind Alonso at the finish is nothing small.
      And how can you say Alonso is a bad qualifiyer when he made it easily in Q3 wereas Räikkönen wasnt able to?
      I’m sure Ferrari is able to dial in on Räikkönen’s driving style but I doubt if he is ever going to challenge Alonso.

      1. German Samurai says:

        Raikkonen couldn’t beat Massa in 2008 and 2009. We know how bad Massa is. He was destroyed by Schumacher in 2006 and was a broken man against Alonso 2010-13.

        Massa often finished 40 seconds behind Alonso. I expect Raikkonen to not do much better.

        Raikkonen could never win a championship despite 5 years in a Newey McLaren. Vettel has won 4 championships in 5 years driving a Newey Red Bull.

        The Ferrari was quick all weekend. Build the Ferrari around Vettel, Hulkenberg, Hamilton, Ricciardo like it’s built around Alonso and you get at least as good results, most likely better.

      2. Kay says:

        You seem to conveniently neglect the DNFs that Raikkonen suffered in his McLaren days that cost him several races and victories.

      3. Hansb says:

        So in your opinion Räikkönen is no good, what does it say about his former teammate Grosjean then ? Still Grosjean seems to have earned a place in F1 so he can’t be that bad.
        Massa isn’t doing bad against his new teammate in the Williams either so again I think you are wrong although he seems to have lost some of his pace.
        Finally the McLaren Newey car was really fast but even more fragile. For sure it wasn’t Räikkönen’s fault he didn’t become WDC.
        He showed the world in a Ferrari against Massa (!) he is a true WDC.

    4. Yago says:

      hahahaha So both Kimi and Alonso have to improve their qualifying skills… Except Kimi has to improve 1.1 secs more than Alonso… Really, your comments are funny LOL

  40. Chris says:

    What a dull race but a great result as a Lewis fan.

    So pleased for Lewis managing three in row for the first time in F1, shame he missed out in Aus as three wins in a row and still behind his team mate hardly seems fair to me but that is racing.

    Great to see Nando back on the steps and fair play to Dan for beating Seb fair and square (again)

    1. Chris says:

      Also, I bet Ron and the Mac boys would sell most of their collective internal organs on the black market to have Lewis back now, today.

      I do wonder how much regret there is in that poorly sponsored silver donkey team now that back in 2012 twitmarsh seemed to gush the man love for Button every weekend despite his poor form against Lewis.

      Maclaren are the worst merc powered team on the grid right now, who would have predicted that before the season started?

      1. Paige says:

        I don’t think it would matter that much if Lewis was at McLaren or not. McLaren made a poor decision before last season to go with a new car design in the last year of the regulations, and it cost them at a time when they could have been focusing on this season. Plus, this Mercedes advantage would have been there anyways, as this car has been years in development.

        Rather, I don’t think McLaren could have convinced Lewis to stay back then anyways. I suspect Lewis probably was told by Mercedes what a monster they had in the works for 2014, and he took it hook and sinker.

        I suspect Lewis would have more points, but the best he could hope for right now in a McLaren would have been a 2009 type of season.

        Losing Paddy Lowe was a bigger blow. And they would have lost him whether Lewis left or not, as he was about to go to Williams with Toto Wolff before the Wolff went to Mercedes and took Paddy with him.

      2. matthew says:

        perhaps,but in that 2012 car button really struggled,eventhough it was clearly a very good car based on lewis performances.so maybe in this mclaren,lewis would be getting more out of it than the 2 drivers there at the moment.button is a very good driver,but you sometimes you never know if he’s getting the absolute most out of the car.

  41. Richardd says:

    Today we got to see the Mercedes coming through and how fast it was in hunting down their rivals, taking a second or two out of their laps to pass them, whew! Good job to Lewis, it’s also good for Vettel to see it from the other side…

    1. M_E says:

      you must have missed bahrain where they were 2.5 sec per lap!! faster for 11 laps after the safety car went in :o

  42. SaScha says:

    IMo it’s a bit of a travesty Lewis Hamilton is not leading the WDC

    1. Alexander Supertramp says:

      Bernie’s golden medal idea doesn’t sound to crazy now, does it!

      The way I see it, it’s not a travesty. You have to aknowledge that it’s a 22 driver championship. But only 2 guys really stand a chance to win at this point. And for some reason we only take these 2 into consideration when looking at the provisional standing. My point is, when you consider that the WDC is a 22h horse race, Nico’s results are pretty awesome/very consistent. But if you consider that the WDC is de facto a 2 horse race, then yes the system seems flawed because the horse coming last in 3 of the 4 races is leading the championship. Conclusion? We need to get more horses in this race!

      1. Steven M says:

        By your definition Lewis is very consistent too, won 3 in a row, how much more consistency do you want?

      2. Alexander Supertramp says:

        He’s amazingly consistent! But his car let him down in one race. It’s weird that someone who wins 75% of the races is not leading, but that’s just because there are only two cars competing. And because of that reliability is even more important. You can’t DnF because you know your biggest challenger will bag 25 points and you’ll need 4 wins to whipe out that advantage. That’s why I’m saying Lewis needs other teams closing the gap. Nico had a bad weekend but still got P2. That would not have happened if RB/Ferrari were faster than they are now.

  43. Ryan Eckford says:

    Hello James,

    Hamilton was dominant again in China, and he is showing Rosberg how to do it. Really, Hamilton should be leading this championship, and probably will in due course. It would have been interesting to see what might have happened in Australia if his car was well.

    Alonso was superb once again, and he consistently gets the very best from his machinery. Hopefully, he will get into a really good car again.

    Ricciardo was really good again, and it is surprising to see Vettel really struggling again, and it is quite clear that Vettel won’t be able to win a fifth-straight world championship.

    However, what is going on with Raikkonen? He cannot seem to match Alonso right now, and is this due to the car not suiting him, or is it because of Alonso being far superior than him?

    1. German Samurai says:

      “However, what is going on with Raikkonen? He cannot seem to match Alonso right now, and is this due to the car not suiting him, or is it because of Alonso being far superior than him?”

      Kimi barely beat Massa in 2007 and was beaten by Massa in 2008 and 2009.

      Raikkonen isn’t a top tier driver.

      He has a lot of fans though because he’s rude to people and lacks social skills. Go figure…

      1. justafan says:

        But he succeeded where Alonso (so far) and Prost failed, winning a title for Ferrari.

      2. German Samurai says:

        Different circumstances that can’t be compared. Raikkonen parachuted into Schumacher’s seat.

        Schumacher would have comfortably won both the 07 and 08 championships had he been allowed to continue at Ferrari.

        Raikkonen barely got over the line. He need Hamilton to spin going into the pitlane in Shanghai and have a mysterious gearbox problem in Brazil. He also required team orders in order to pass Massa during the race.

      3. Elie says:

        Raikkonen WAS the reason Ferrari retired Schumacher. Kimi was faster than both Michael and Fernando during his Mclaren years also. He still had many track lap records till about 2012. He is struggling right now but he will get there..
        Dont waste too much time on someone named “German Samurai”- even the name is a contradiction!!

      4. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

        @Elie
        If Kimi was so fast (faster than Schummy and Alonso), why he was *FIRED* by Ferrari so they can hire Alonso???

        And he (KIMI) will be fired again.

      5. justafan says:

        Kimi faster than Schumi? Why didn’t Kimi win 7 titles and Schumi 1?

      6. NickH says:

        Yeah but Kimi won the championship, overhauling 26 point gap. Alonso has ZERO Ferrari championships :)

        Kimi also won the most races in 2007

      7. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

        Yes.
        And he will win many more WDC’s for Ferrari being ONE SECOND SLOWER than Alonso. Fighting for 9th or 10th win Lotus.

      8. NickH says:

        Maybe if Alonso hadn’t cried so much in 2007 he wouldn’t have been beaten by a rookie

      9. Alex says:

        Ye, ye German Samurai, we all know what you think about Raikkonen…however the fact stands that he is still Ferrari’s latest world champion and managed to do it on his first season with the team…something Alonso failed to do on two occassions already ;)

        Besides, despite Hamilton’s/Mclaren’s mistake in China and gearbox failure in Brazil, Kimi still needed to finish on top on both of this races and he did….and there is no reason to assume why he couldnt have finished in front of Massa in Brazil, team orders or not. Both Ferrari’s utterly dominated that race.

      10. justafan says:

        Right said. Fernando could have won 2 titles for Ferrari had he won the last races of the season. But he bogged down under the pressure and lost out.

    2. Harshad says:

      Not to undermine Alonso’s success, but Kimi’s problem is that he hasn’t really had 100% working car in any weekend in 2014.
      Just take this entire weekend for example. How many problems did Kimi have with his car and how many did Alonso with his car?
      Today, Kimi’s first lap on fresh tyres was slower than Alonso’s last lap in the first stint….
      There was something terribly wrong with Kimi’s car, surely you don’t believe that Alonso is 1sec a lap faster than Kimi…

      1. Alex says:

        Unfortunately my friend, some people have quite selective views about the matter. For sure one thing that hindered Kimi’s performance in China’s wet/cold conditions was his driving style and this is something he himself admitted. Kimi has never performed greatly in conditions where he has hard time to get the tyres warm. Ofcourse on top of that there were all the difficulties with the car like you said, Kimi was quite unprepared to quali and the race, thanks to the fact that he missed first practice session entirely because there was something broken with his car and then 3rd practice session was in rain.

        So ye, overall this weekend was very difficult for Kimi from the very beginning, even harder than it was in Melbourne. If we look at Malaysia (until the point where Magnussen ruined his race) and Bahrain, only fools think that this truly is the difference between Kimi and Alonso. This weekend everything went to hell with Kimi, while Alonso was at his very best and no difficulties whatsoever with his car.

        Unless its cold and rainy in Barcelona again, I have no doubt that Kimi will perform much better there. If he doesnt, then there is some real reason to worry ofcourse.

      2. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

        Correction:
        The four races were “VERY difficult for Kimi”.

        First problem was the rain: “Ohh, Kimi needs a dry condition race”. He got that today and was crushed by Alonso.

        After that “Kimi needs a trouble free race”. He had that today and was crushed by Alonso (Kimi was not able to reach Q3 and finished 1min behind, as you know).

        Now, “Kimi does not like cold weather”.
        And “The car does not suit his driving style”.

        Alonso has the same car as Kimi??? YES.
        Alonso has the same shift system??? YES.
        Alonso has the same brake system??? YES.

        Yes, Kimi has a huge problem with the car and the problem is located between the steering whell and the seat.

      3. Alex says:

        @ H.Guderian (ALO fan)

        Like I said, some people have very selective way to view the things….

        For sure, ONE part of the problem, especially in China was Kimi’s own driving style, he even admitted this himself, saying that for so many years now its been difficult for him to get the tires working on low temperatures, like in China this weekend.

        But it certainly didnt help Kimi one bit that something was broken with his car in Friday, which caused him to miss the first pratice session entirely….These kind of things the TEAM has to eliminate, cause Kimi then couldnt even do any race simulation, they didnt have time for it in practice 2 and as you know it rained the whole day in saturday, so they couldnt fix Friday’s problems and getting the best setup of the car in practice 3 either….

        So yes, Kimi needs to improve, but there is little he can do about these technical difficulties that he has had lot more than Alonso, right from the beginning of the winter tests Alonso has had much less issues with his car and that’s a fact.

        But clearly you have very one-sided view about this (well your nick-name really tells it all..)

      4. Krischar says:

        @ Alex

        People do not have selective memory here, I agree with H.Guderian (ALO fan). There have been too many excuses given in favour of kimi and fingers are being pointed at the Ferrari team. Yes the Ferrari car itself F14T is a complete Dog. Yet Alonso wrung maximum out of the ropey car and gave every ounce of himself to put Ferrari on the podium. Whereas kimi is simply not good enough. People do not accept this fact here (Like Alex)

        All this broken car, Missed FP session, Cold conditions excuses have become more tiresome and not a reality factor at all. Kimi is not adaptable enough and struggles to drive around the problems of the current car. Kimi himself confessed the fact he needs to improve massively. So these excuses will not do any good for him.

        Finally Alex says Alonso had no issues with car which points to selective memory and blind fanyboy comment. In Sepang Quali Alonso had issues in quali and could not point the steering wheel well enough becuase it was so rigid after the incident. In Bahrain Q3 Alonso had the loss of power in his car. In australia Alonso had the lack of power issues as well on the race day. Yet Alonso have put in consummate drives from australia to china and scored some vital points / a podium for Ferrari

        It does not really matter who was the last Ferrari WDC. Because the whole globe knows how kimi won his WDC (Massa let kimi through) and the later year how he fared against massa.

      5. Torchwood Five says:

        Kimi missed all of Free Practice One, I heard.

    3. rafa says:

      this argument from NickH and German Samurai is so repetitive! I think Kimi is a great driver not one of the all time greats but an extremely capable and fast one, better than say a Button. He doesn’t rank higher with me because he never looked consistent enough, although his second part of 2007 was amazing and 2003 and 5 were very impressive with McLaren. In Lotus he was good especially at the beginning of last season.

      But as many have said before, Alonso always delivers: from 2011 he has never had a car that could realistically challenge for poles -2010 being an exception, that was a good car, but still inferior to RBR still he’s mounted exceptional challenges. That´s why most people pundits included will consider him one of the current f1 best drivers and probably an all time great. Not the best qualifier? Hard to say when you don´t have the fastest car. I´d like to see him against LH in the merc for example or VET in the RBR. I think it would be close with Hamilton and perhaps he´d come out on top, perhaps not. I think with VET it would depend on the car and whether it suited whose style better. Even sebastien admits that he´s struggling with his current car. Alonso has proven reliability with all sorts of machinery, very much often than not, inferior machinery, as has been accepted widely by most people. but Sebastien´s young and he could and should overcome these problems to be accepted as an all time great by the wider audiences, not just the lucky guy who landed the gold pot. Talent he has, as much or more than Alonso or Hamilton: he has to prove it!

      NickH and German Samurai refute this point saying that Alonso´s cars were always very good… they stand practically alone in their island, and not one driver, engineer, respectable journo, or professional in the F1 world seems to share their views… but they know better. As they say, it´s lonely in the top.

      1. Kay-gee says:

        Yeah you mostly right but Lewis has gone against Alonso on the same car and proven himself to be faster. Yes Lewis was not refined then but now I don’t think Alonso would risk to embarrass himself by locking himself with Lewis on the same team.

  44. David in Sydney says:

    Hamilton is the man!

    And it was not a boring race. Domination by one or two cars doesn’t necessarily make a boring race.

  45. David in Sydney says:

    And yes, Kimi is starting to look very ordinary against Alonso.

    1. CarlH says:

      As predicted by many. Fernando is head and shoulders above the rest – shame he drives for a team which has consistently under-delivered during his prime years.

      1. Blackmamba says:

        Not the rest. There is a certain Mr Gamilton on the grid who is better on 1 lap pace and matches him everywhere else!

      2. CarlH says:

        One lap pace yes. The rest? I don’t think so. If you need any evidence feel free to consult the race performances of the two from the last 4 seasons.

        Hamilton himself has stated on numerous occasions that he feels Alonso is the benchmark. Just because Hamilton is currently winning in the fastest car, it doesn’t make him the best driver on the grid – just the same as it didn’t make Vettel better than Alonso when he was in a rocket ship.

      3. Steven M says:

        Alonso also stated that Hamilton is the only driver on the grid that can win without the best car. Also, Hamilton is supposed to waist tires, yet he made his 1st stint last 7 laps more than anybody.
        Theres a lot of misconceptions out there about Lewis, yet he keeps proving them wrong.

      4. Dazzler says:

        Agree with CarlH here. I am a Hamilton fan but Alonso consistently impresses me with the form and results he gets in inferior cars.

        That consistency won him two Championships fighting Schumacher when he was in his prime.

        For me that still gives his titles more value.

        I still think Alonso is the best all rounder despite wanting to see the Union Jack fly.

      5. Krischar says:

        @ CarlH

        exactly lewis and Alonso have drove alongside with Mclaren whether politics are not, both know each other’s talent and have tremendous respect for one and another. It’s just Mclaren failed to manage them properly which led to the bust up.

        As lewis himself point out, Alonso is still and will be the benchmark for other pilots. Does not really matter to me how many easy titles vettel wins or not.

        A great pilot is one who can make anything work around the track and get results for the team when the conditions are difficult and not Favorable. Vettel has already failed in that regard. While i am devout Alonso fan i have no troubles in accepting lewis is one of the best and quickest out there in the grid (notably quali)

    2. justafan says:

      Kimi struggles with car balance. He will get better with time.

  46. foreverf1 says:

    Alo! Alo! Alo! Wow! This has to inspire Ferrari. Give the man a proper racecar.

    Sorry for doubting you Lewis. I’m going back to my meds now. What was I thinking?

    When Pastor was battling with Guttierez, I was hoping for another safety car, just to make it another Bahrain.

    Still, happy for Lewis, Daniel, and Alonso.

  47. holly says:

    Fantastic race Alonso and Hamilton, hands down the best F1 drivers of the last 10 year. God, please give us a least one season with this two with good cars fighting for the title, it will be epic.

    1. M_E says:

      you mean like when they were at McLaren and cost each other the championship?

      1. holly says:

        Maybe you didn’t notice, but they are in different teams now, that’s the point.

      2. M_E says:

        @holly

        mmmmmm irony ;)

      3. Alexander Supertramp says:

        People are still talking about that championship though, so it fits the description of ‘epic’.

      4. justafan says:

        Also costing Mac $100m.

      5. Blackmamba says:

        It was still a great year regardless of wether they won or not!

      6. Elie says:

        You mean when Kimi beat them both

  48. goferet says:

    Fabuleux performance from the Mercedes team on their third 1-2. With the kind of pace they have in their pocket at the moment, the drivers are left with no choice but to race themselves.

    Congrats to Lewis on finally making it amongst the legends of F1 with his 25th win. For sure, it has been a long road but as Lewis has shown, with perseverance, anyone can make their dreams come true.

    Difficult opening lap from Rosberg, everything that could go wrong with his software, went wrong this weekend.

    Luckily for Rosberg, the car’s pace is a get-out-of-jail free card and so he was able to make his way to 2nd.

    Mighty effort from Alonso to score a podium in front of the Red Bulls and the customer Mercedes cars, this is the sort of boost the team needed before we got to the European leg >>> It’s just a shame that of all top drivers in history, Alonso is the only top driver never to enjoy a dominant car.

    Brilliant performance once again from the young gunner Riccardo. It’s really amazing the good job he’s doing in a car that wasn’t build around his driving style.

    Else where, special mention to the rookie of the year Kvyat for yet again scoring points more importantly ahead of his teammate + the Force India’s drivers for bagging the team some valuable points and last but not least not forgetting Kobayashi for providing most of the action.

    All in all, Rosberg’s misfortunes this weekend robbed the fans of another titanic battle at the front but I guess we can’t have classics everyday >>> So better luck in the next race.

    P.s.

    It would appear Lewis has finally broken the spell.

    In the past whenever Lewis would dominate qualifying, you could rest assured that a DNF wasn’t far off.

    1. F1addicted says:

      He seemed to have bad luck … now it seems that was simply McLaren’s ridiculous ineptitude and stupidity in strategy, reliability, non-fueling, and Whitmarsh. Great to see him in a good team.

    2. Mitchel says:

      Well, Alonso did have a dominant car in 2007….

      1. mbh says:

        You mean Hamilton’s 2007 car. Fernando was fighting against Mclaren and most of us know what it means. That year Hamilton and Alonso scored de same amount of points, and what is most important, after that year they earned the other respect. Hamilton knows what happened and Alonso Knows that Hamilton, being a rookie (with Mclaren’s help) demostrated to be able of becoming the superclass he actually is. I like the relationship they had, and I like Lewis, but sometimes people see only what they want to see, to defend what is indefensible, in this case Vettel´s poor perfonmance. To Vettel fans, is easier being a Alonso or Hamilton fan, so, you know.

      2. KRB says:

        It wasn’t dominant. It was a very good car, but the Ferrari was just as good. Ferrari had more wins, more fastest laps, more poles, and led for longer than the McLarens that season.

      3. Dazzler says:

        The Ferrari was a better car. Just.

        You could argue that if McLaren had a defacto number 1 at that time, them whoever it was would have been World Champion.

  49. aveli says:

    i felt sorry for rosberg as soon as i heard hamilton had signed with mercedes. if hamilton wasn’t there rosberg would’ve had a chance of winning multiple championships.
    hamilton has amassed the largest amount of explosives under the records book. i wonder if the universe has enough gravity to stop the records book escaping.

    1. Random 79 says:

      Don’t cry for Rosberg – if he wants the WDC he has go out there and win it.

      1. Mike from Colombia says:

        Exactly. Instead of banking on Germanic favouritism from Mercedes or HAM mechanical failures.

        Nico looks thoroughly miserable/disgusted at the moment.

    2. Kay says:

      So are you saying ROS needed things to be made easy for him to win it? How is that credible and make him worthy of a WDC?!

      Might as well go off to game on a PlayStation and select “Beginner” or “Novice” mode. He will definitely win quicker that way.

      1. aveli says:

        do you think vettel would’ve won any championships if he had alonso, raikkonen, rosberg, button or hamilton as his teammate?

      2. Kay says:

        Despite hating the kid very much, I say yes I do feel Vettel would probably win WDC even if he had Alonso, Hamilton or any of the drivers you mentioned as his team mates. What made you think:
        1. Vettel is crap enough that he needs favours?
        2. Vettel is any worse than the drivers you mentioned?

        Again I stress that I hate that kid and I cannot have any more pleasure than I do currently in seeing him suffer from not winning, but I seriously do think he is a good and fast driver and he can win any championship on his own merit.

        However, what you suggest us absurd in that Rosberg needs favours to win anything. Again I ask how does that make him credible and worthy in being a WDC if he needs favours to win anything?

      3. aveli says:

        i never suggested rosberg needed favours to win the championship.
        rosberg was teammates with schumacher before hamilton turned up. if hamilton hadn’t joined mercedes, rosberg would’ve had a much improved chances of securing the championship.
        as far as vettel’s credibilities are concerned, he beat webber 4 years in a row, winning 13 races last season to webers zero wins. i doubt vettel could beat button to the championship. so far he has scored more points than ricciardo but let’s see how that ends the season.

      4. Kay says:

        Fine, not ‘favours’ then, but what you suggested is essentially saying Nico needed things to be made easy for him to be WDC. Still doesn’t make it sound any better, nor would it make him worthy of a WDC.

      5. aveli says:

        the words i used are still above. rosberg would’ve had a better chance at the championship with hamilton in a different team. vettel had a better chance with webber as a teammate. it would’ve been a different story had he had button as his teammate.

    3. Dazzler says:

      What Rubbish.

      He has the best car of 2014. So if he doesn’t win now he probably never will.

      Just needs to beat the Englishman.

      My guess is that he is not good enough.

      I could be wrong.

      1. aveli says:

        he could win it if he had any other driver as a teammate.

  50. Ahmed says:

    Time for mercedes to choose their team leader for the season before they start taking points off each other and giving rbr the chance to play catch up.

    I’ll make a bold assumption and opine that these kinds of talks are happening at mercedes; hamilton and rosberg’s vibe seemed very frosty in comparison to bahrain… Just a thought.

    Alonso showed us again why he is held in such high regard. Raik is allegedly touted as such a great driver by many and by that standard, Alonso’s podium finish is mighty to say the least.

    Rbr will make big strides and come to catalunya with a heavily revised machine but wat is going on with vettel? 22 seconds behind ricciardo? It has to be more thn him just being unsettled in his new car, this is new for everyone.

    Mclaren… Well what’s left to say, no coincidence that they havnt signed a new title sponsor and those Oz podiums now seem like a fluke more then ever.

    1. Alexander Supertramp says:

      “Time for mercedes to choose their team leader for the season before they start taking points off each other and giving rbr the chance to play catch up”

      You hear this a lot, but what does it even mean? Do you think Lewis wants to win a race by having Nico pull over? He’s a racer and he wants to win by racing. He will have to beat his team mate fair and square, which he is doing right now. Ricciardo and Vettel, arguable Merc’s only reasonably possible challengers, are also going to take points of each other

      1. Ahmed says:

        But what if we see mercedes losing th title th same way mclaren lost it in 07. The sad truth is tht sometimes u just need to use team orders. 2 sides to the same coin I guess

  51. Sergio says:

    He made a “Vettel” race, and Rosberg more or less a Webber’s one: no telemetry, no racing, no duels.

  52. Fastfastfast says:

    Hi James, can you confirm if Adrian Newey was at the race. I didn’t see him on the pit wall. Thanks.

    Looking forward to the analysis, especially if Ricciardo had the pace to catch Alonso if Seb didn’t fight the impending.

    1. James Allen says:

      Newey was in Milton Keynes and has gone to the Silverstone WEC race, where Mark Webber is competing for Porsche

      1. BenM says:

        That seems a little strange?

      2. bmg says:

        Its good to see that all the politics at Redbull has not affected there friendship.

      3. Kay says:

        But then Webber and Horner was supposed to be friends, yet things like Silverstone 2010 happens…

      4. James Allen says:

        They had a GP3 team together..

    2. AlexD says:

      I would change the question slightly: if Ricciardo nad the pace to catch Alosno had he not screw his own start.

      1. Elie says:

        Enough of that already !- sheesh.. Yes he had a bad start start but he & Red Bull had a serious chance to catch Ferrari and Daniel was held up by Seb

      2. AlexD says:

        Indeed, enough blaming vettel! Riacciardo should have started better and this is where he lost his podium chance….by his poor start. Vettel had his own race

      3. Fastfastfast says:

        The bad start obviously had a negative effect on his place on the final result, but I would like to know if Vettel also did, hence, the question to James.

        I’m pretty sure, many here, would like to know the same.

  53. Richard says:

    What a great result for LH. Like many I am diss pinged with the Ozzy result. NR is doing a good job but I prey he does not win through default. I agree with an earlier post that talks will be going on at Merc on this subject. Using a “second” driver is a strong tool/weapon and Merc have it……..question is, have they the balls to use it?

  54. Vaibhav says:

    Hamilton proved today that how much a car can make a difference. Previously it was Vettel with their supreme Red Bull downforce.

    Now Mercedes is pulling away from everyone with their innovative split turbo technology.

    For the championship I guess it is going to be very surprising if Mercedes didn’t win the title.

  55. Otto says:

    I can’t believe it. A flag marshall decide the length of the race by his own mood? Sure, people make mistakes(even Pele got it wrong years ago, and he is a sportsman, not some ordinary guy). But the fact that such madness is perfectly legitimate, makes me almost speechless.
    It was the best luck, that it was “only some Kobayashi” who visibly lost out due to this error. This rule must be changed immediately, otherwise it´s a perfect tool for nasty politics, race/championship fixing etc.

    I hope at least the fuel flow meter is reliable now. Otherwise there is no point to carry on this season, travel around the globe whole year, only to discover one day that it was all a joke.

    …and so many people think the sound is the main problem in F1:)

    1. jake says:

      This is not a new rule and I am sure there are circumstances where it is required, can’t think of any at the moment tho’.

    2. Random 79 says:

      Here’s the best part:

      If the flag is waved early, then the race is finished early.

      But if the flag is waved late, then the race will finish when it was supposed to anyway.

      If you look up the definition of consistent in the dictionary it will say something like “not self-contradictory, constantly adhering to the same principles”

      But if you look at the antonyms it will say FIA ;)

  56. Matt says:

    I realize many people are claiming that this season is boring, I am enjoying it tremendously. I really enjoyed the race and each of the practice sessions and qualifying. I really enjoy F1.

    The battle between Hamilton and Rosberg will be incredibly interesting to watch as we move through the season.

    The situation at Red Bull with Dan driving so well and Vettel struggling to come to terms with the new formula is also highly entertaining.

    Ferrari are faced with some serious dramas as well, can they develop the car enough to deliver consistent results? Watching Alonso is always a real treat. He truly makes the Ferrari look and perform better than it is in its current state. And what is happening with Raikkonen? Is he just padding his retirement account? His performances have been so uninspired.

    Williams, will they squander their pre season form by making silly mistakes and failing to capitalize? What will happen with Massa and Bottas as the season progresses will be fun to watch.

    Hulkenberg seems to be delivering great results for Force India. Also, Perez did a fine job to catch up into the points.

    The young Russian driver, Kvyat looks set to be a future deliverer of some great races.

    McLaren is self destructing again. To bad for Magnussen as I like his attitude and feel he has serious speed to show us. But, wow what another dog of a car at McLaren. How can that be.

    Retirements. When you think about all of the new technology on display it is pretty amazing that we are not seeing more retirements do to failures. I don’t believe we have seen one turbo detonation yet this season. Also the number of cars to drop out of races has been surprisingly low.

    Anyway, I’m thrilled at the new formula and really enjoy watching the drivers work the cars and actually drive them. Gone are the nailed to the floor aero wonders of the past few seasons. How will these slippery new cars perform at Spa? I can’t wait to see.

  57. jmv says:

    I thank the F1 Gods that we are witnessing the incredible depth of talent that Lewis Hamilton possesses.

    A year or two ago it looked like the world was loosing one of the most remarkable talents that modern racing produced.

    I am especially glad that Lewis comes across as composed, focused, relaxed, and looking eager to race.

    He seems to be leaving all that *frizzle-sizzle* behind for the moment, and it is his love for racing, and racing and winning itself that sucks up all his living energy and attention.

    As Senna said: winning is like a drug, an addiction, and it makes you want to have more and more. Guess that Lewis is right there, in that space.

    Hope he remembers how to deal with bumps and challenges down the road.

  58. Marcelo Leal says:

    Hi James,
    Can you gives us some idea about the replacement of the engines?
    As this year the talking point is the restriction of these PU’s, and Hamilton had that problem in AUS (putting high effort on preserving it), the teams will “just” use the same PU straight, or can/may use new ones in specific races?

    H.A.M should use a newer one for BAR?
    Thank you!

    1. Steven M says:

      I know Im not James, but Ive thought about his also.

      They have 5 PUs for the season, and 19 races. If you do the math that translates to just under 4(3.8) races per PU. Lewis has had just a bit over 3(if you count FPs and qualy in Aus) and if we assume that hes still using the same PU from AUS. AFAIK the can use any PU on any race, as long as they don’t use anymore than the 5 they have, so they can 2 races on one, 2 races on another, so on and so fort. Ive read James mention before that the teams will usually use a new one for Belgium and a new one for Monza, both circuits where the drives spend a most of the lap on the throttle. It would be nice to know when each driver uses a new PU and how many races each driver has on each of their PUs, but I doubt the teams would release that information.

  59. Macca Man says:

    Congrats to Hamilton for his 3rd win in a row, the first time he has accomplished such in his F1 career. Sadly, the win was a foregone conclusion after 3 laps. I found it amusing how many people went on and on about how great Bahrain was. Bahrain was compelling due to the safety car. Without it, Rosberg would have easily won through the pit stop rotations. It was fun to watch Nico and Lewis dice if up and it was amazing that Lewis was able to hold him off, but I think it will be a rare situation between the two, not the norm.

    Too many people are killing Vettel here. It was sickening to read all the comments over the last 4 years that it was down to the car and that Vettel had little to do with it. Now Hamilton wins and so many say that it’s due to his talent. I don’t believe that Vettel has ever had a car with such an incredible advantage to the field that Hamilton has with this Mercedes, including last years RBR that he won 9 consecutive races in. It’s still early days but the only way Ferrari, Red Bull and the rest are winning a GP in 2014 is if calamity befalls both Hamilton and Rosberg in race. The Vettel era never felt this artificial and boring.

    1. Steven M says:

      First, Lewis had 10 second lead in Bahrain, so the safety car benefited Nico.

      Second, the difference is that Lewis was a champion BEFORE getting the W05, and in 08 the McLaren wasn’t far and above the other cars, the whole season was much more competitive. Vettel never won a WDC in anything other than an RBR.
      You contradict yourself, first Finger Boy never had a car with such an incredible advantage, but then you say it won 9 consecutive races. Yet, the reason Finger Boy won 9 consecutive races its because of the fact that the car was so far above the other cars.

      1. JF says:

        Whatever

      2. Random 79 says:

        “Vettel never won a WDC in anything other than an RBR”

        No, but he did win a race in a Toro Rosso which is no small thing, and Hamilton? He hopped straight into a championship contending McLaren. Come to think of it, Hamilton never did win a WDC in anything other than a McLaren.

        So tell me, what is the real difference between what Vettel was doing for the last four years and what Hamilton is doing this year?

        Before you start I’m not knocking Hamilton or Vettel or anyone else.

        They’re both world champions and they both deserve to be.

      3. trev says:

        the same Torro Rosso that Sebastian Bourdais qualified 4th for the same race and then had a gearbox issue at the start.
        I have no doubts Vettel is a great driver but how great is the question.

  60. john francis says:

    kimi is always the best..waiting for kimi to destroy alo .once the car suits his driving style..flying fin will fly !!cme on kimi

    1. Random 79 says:

      I’m not trying to knock Kimi because I know he’s fast, but the difference between him and Alonso is that Alonso doesn’t wait to get the car right, he just gets in there and gets the job done.

    2. Krischar says:

      @ John francis

      Wait unitl Brazilian 2014 GP where kimi will get the car to his liking then he may score some points.

      I have become very tired of this drivel “Kimi Does not have a car to his liking or setup”. In F1 there is no concept as such of perfect F1 car, pilots need to see where the car is in terms pace and need to find limits in the car. Hence all pilots have to adjust the style and need to be more adaptive. Given the rule changes in 2014. The factor of adaptability has become more pivotal. Alonso is simply the best when it comes to reading the car and deliver the results in accordance with the pace of the car.

  61. Mike84 says:

    Hi, can we have an article about why Massa’s move was considered reckless by commentors and fans while if it had been Hamilton it would have been lauded as Breathtaking and A True Racer and Senna-esque? Did not Senna say if he saw a gap he went for it, and was Massa’s start not v7irtually the same as Hamilton’s first F1 start which the media and fans were all worshiping? Also what Alonso did was no different from what Schumacher is alleged to have done which he is still crucified for — collide with someone who was overtaking him? But now the guy who CLEARLY turned in is innocent while the Racer who went for the gap with a brilliant move is treated like he didn’t lose anything he deserved when he got punted?

    1. Steven M says:

      Damn! You have a ginourmous chip on your shoulder. What do you call it? Mount Everest?

    2. Fastfastfast says:

      I’m no Massa fan, but that move was indeed breathtaking. On the wide shot you could tell that it was Alonso who was moving slightly towards the right while Massa stopped on a dime after that incredible move.

      But I’m also wondering if it was the extra torque that did it ala Magnussen in Australia.

  62. Gareth says:

    Was the premature chequered flag part of a Bernie Ecclestone new “excitement” iniative or the beginning of hotly debated FIA cost controls?

  63. Matt C says:

    “I was racing myself”. What sliver of respect I had for Ham and his massive ego left the building with that remark. Perhaps I missed the context…..

    1. jake says:

      Agreed, on first glance bit of a naff statement to make. However he could just be saying that normally the team are concentrating on their nearest rival, watching their strategy etc, but in this race there was no obvious nearest rival as Nico was having trouble and out of position. I think he was just saying he was running at his own pace and did was not forced to respond to other drivers.

  64. TimW says:

    It is too early to;

    1, dismiss the new rules as innefective and being the cause of the boring race today, if we have dull races at Spa, Monza, and Silverstone then the knockers may have a point but 1 exciting race 1 dull and 2 mediocre is not a bad strike rate considering the tracks used so far.

    2, write off the season as a Mercedes cake walk. It is very likely that one of the Merc drivers will win the wdc, but it’s not
    impossible that Renault could find a few horses and bring the excellent Red Bull chassis into contention.

    3, declare Kimi and Seb as busted flushes, they are both struggling at the moment but they are both top quality drivers and quality always shines through eventually.

  65. Steven M says:

    I bet Britney is going to get another dossier in the next couple weeks.

    1. Mike from Colombia says:

      Yep. Toto will even do the printing and binding himself.

    2. Fastfastfast says:

      Please give Kimi one too.

  66. JF says:

    Seems the Marshall was as bored as the rest us. Even Hamilton was bored racing himself. I didn’t watch the end either.

  67. Sergio says:

    Mercedes has the best power unit, a great aero work, but….One of the best, if not the best, taking care of the rubbers? I’m wonder what did they test last year in Barcelona? Do we know it? The only thing we know for sure is the great strategic decision Mercedes had bringing Hamilton. That move it deactivates “historical curiosity” of English Media about foreign decisions or movements, (Mercedes is German brand) instead of that we have headlines about Red Bull, Ricciardo or Vettel’s radio messages. Mercedes historically was awful treating their tyres (Even worst in combination with Hamilton), but suddenly this year the English is Mr. Care & Speed. Everything is fine, Hamilton, called “Schumacher succesor” is great, fantastic and awesome. China supossed another boring race and Rosberg had no chance to race with Lewis. Now is the turn of Mercedes I guess, along Hamilton of course: this is F1!

  68. danny almonte says:

    Mercedes look unbeatable on tracks with long straights. Red Bull seem stronger in the sweeping turns. I’m hoping to see closer competition in the European races.

  69. Torchwood Five says:

    Well done to Lewis for gaining another win, and his first hat-trick.

    Well done to Nico Rosberg for recovering enough to maintain Mercedes’ run of 1-2s.

    Maldonado, good job completing race with no incidents, and getting from back to 14th.

    Well done everyone involved, apart from maybe, that chequered flag-waver. What the drokk was going on there?

    1. Random 79 says:

      Maybe he was the same guy that was driving the fire-truck last year ;)

  70. Kimi is Finished says:

    Elie is very quiet…….I suppose all the excuses have dried up. I always told him alonso and lewis are the king’s but elie had to philosophise on front ends and rear break energy and how kimi should have 4 titles………

    1. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

      Please, DON’T torture Kimi’s fan even more.
      They already have a lot in their plates.

      8-)

      P.S.: Speaking of Elie, WHERE IS VALENTINO FROM MONTREAL???

      1. KRB says:

        I’m gonna guess Montreal? :-)

      2. H.Guderian says:

        8-)

        You mean *hidden* in Montreal???

      3. Krischar says:

        Yes Val and few more Kimi fans are missing here, Maybe they will be think now what excuses can they put further in favour of kimi

      4. H.Guderian says:

        +1.000

      5. Fastfastfast says:

        Last I heard, they were at the Office Depot preparing a Nandossier for Kimi.

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